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From the Editor

One of Greece’s most popular writers, Lena Manta is a master at weaving an epic family saga. In her novel The House by the River, set in the shadow of Mount Olympus, I identified with the five independent-minded daughters, all of whom leave the family home to strike out on their own adventures and embrace their fates. But I also empathized and grieved with the mother, Theodora, who is powerless to stop them or prevent the heartache and danger that she knows await them when they depart, one by one, down the dusty road and away from the village which has sheltered them all their lives.

The daughters’ opportunities and options in mid-twentieth-century Greece are changing rapidly—and not always for the better. Their journeys take them to North America, to Africa, from happy marriages to devastating losses, and in some cases to fame and fortune. But as they wander far from the home where their family has been rooted for generations, there are things they forget. As the far-flung daughters build lives and families of their own, I found myself aching for them to remember Theodora and what they left behind. Until the final pages, I wasn’t sure if any of the daughters would return home to see their mother again or if, should they return, it would be too late. But sometimes fate can be kind as well as cruel, and the places you’ve fled from can once again provide shelter and redemption.

- Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor


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From acclaimed Greek writer Lena Manta comes an emotionally powerful saga following five young women as they realize that no matter where life leads them, the only constant is home.

Theodora knows she can’t keep her five beautiful daughters at home forever—they’re too curious, too free spirited, too like their late father. And so, before each girl leaves the small house on the riverside at the foot of Mount Olympus, Theodora makes sure they know they are always welcome to return.

Having survived World War II, the Nazi occupation of Greece, and her husband’s death, Theodora now endures the twenty-year-long silence of her daughters’ absence. Her children have their own lives—they’ve married, traveled the world, and courted romance, fame, and even tragedy. But as they become modern, independent women in pursuit of their dreams, Theodora knows they need her—and each other—more than ever. Have they grown so far apart that they’ve forgotten their childhood home, or will their broken hearts finally lead them back again?

About the Author

Lena Manta was born in Istanbul, Turkey, to Greek parents. She moved to Greece at a very young age and now lives with her husband and two children on the outskirts of Athens. Although she studied to be a nursery school teacher, Lena instead directed her own puppet theater before writing articles for local newspapers and working as a director for a local radio station. Manta was proclaimed Author of the Year in both 2009 and 2011 by Greek Life & Style magazine. She has written thirteen books, all of them published by Psichogios Publications, including the bestselling The House by the River, which has sold almost 250,000 copies and is the first of her books to be translated into English. Hers is a voice to be reckoned with, and each new book is a tour de force in the Greek publishing world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5305 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Crossing (1 November 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N7VKP78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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