Another brilliant book on Reading Recommendations!
Secrets in a Jewellery Box
by Demetra Angelis Foustanellas
Secrets in a Jewellery Box by Demetra Angelis Foustanellas spans time and culture, shifting between the past and present. Foustanellas knows both worlds: she was born in Ottawa to Greek parents and in her thirties relocated to Greece. She writes of the tension between old and new worlds through her character Elly, a young woman who rebels against her Greek culture.
“If I ever have children I’m not raising them Greek. I want my kids to grow up normal” (p.13).
This clash is also described when Elly confesses to her parents that she has a non-Greek boyfriend. When her mother says, “We find nice Greek boy to marry you so forget the boyfriend stuff” (35), Elly becomes distraught. She longs for a life of her own, one separate from her Greek heritage: “Elly wondered what it would…
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