Daughter of Odysseus: Searching for Ithaka

Genre: General Fiction

Book Summary

Once estranged from her heritage, from her roots, Christine hears the call and begins her journeys in the motherland. Searching, searching for that which had been missing from her life. A search that take her to cosmopolitan towns, to ancient and medieval splendours, to holy sites and warm nights under starry skies.
But the search is not easy, the travels never smooth. The past never erased. For alongside the emotional and spiritual ecstasy, there is a force which tries to bar her path, to drag her into the realm of shadows and death.
Christine must undergo that which is akin to a rite of passage. She must prove herself worthy and search deep within herself for strength, for courage and hope. She must tear away the masks around her, ignore with all her might the songs of the sirens that try to lure her away, away from Ithaka.
She must transform but ultimately, she must stay true to herself, plant her roots and begin to flower amongst the sacred stones of Greece.

About the Author

I was born in Australia of Greek heritage, a first generation Greek-Australian and strongly shaped by my Greek cultural heritage as well as my Australian upbringing.
I am a person of the Diaspora; a member of an ancient community forced to leave a homeland due to economic instability. The quest for riches in the New Land was too great a temptation for my people; many left land and kin for the better life.
Whether they obtained this better life is, of course, highly subjective.
Grief, depression and creativity are inextricably connected for me. I started writing fiction as a form of therapy—to help me deal with that nihilistic agony that plagues me. Writing is my voice in a world that doesn’t seem to care and that engages in the superficial and the trivial. Well, certainly in my eyes.
I have a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor and Honours of Theology and a Diploma of Education. I entered the chaotic world of high school teaching and, after many fruitful and maddening experiences, left it. For good? Only time will tell.
My fiction and non-fiction writing reflect my Greek-Christian heritage as well as my love for poetry, literature, theology and history in general.
In the last ten years, I have been working on a novel that traces a young woman’s journey back to the motherland (Greece) and is largely based on my experience.
This novel will now become a three-part book series, with the first two parts of Daughter of Odysseus now available.

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