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Perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay's "Sarah's Key, " this
stunning debut novel brings to life World War II-era and modern-day
Greece--and tells the story of a vibrant family and the tragic
secret kept hidden for generations.
Boston, 2000: Calliope Notaris Brown receives a shocking phone
call. Her beloved uncle Nestor has passed away, and now Callie must
fly to Patras, Greece, to claim her inheritance. Callie's mother,
Clio--with whom Callie has always had a difficult
relationship--tries to convince her not to make the trip. Unsettled
by her mother's strange behavior, and uneasy about her own recent
engagement, Callie decides to escape Boston for the city of her
childhood summers. After arriving at the heady peak of Carnival,
Callie begins to piece together what her mother has been trying to
hide. Among Nestor's belongings, she uncovers clues to a long-kept
secret that will alter everything she knows about her mother's past
and about her own future.
Greece, 1940: Growing up in Patras in a prosperous family, Clio
Notaris and her siblings feel immune to the oncoming effects of
World War II, yet the Italian occupation throws their privileged
lives into turmoil. Summers in the country once spent idling in the
clover fields are marked by air-raid drills; the celebration of
Carnival, with its elaborate masquerade parties, is observed at
home with costumes made from soldiers' leftover silk parachutes.
And as the war escalates, the events of one fateful evening will
upend Clio's future forever.
A moving novel of the search for identity, the challenges of love,
and the shared history that defines a family, "The Clover House" is
a powerful debut from a distinctive and talented new writer.
Praise for "The Clover House"
""The Clover House" is a gripping, tender story that spans
continents and generations as it delves into the secrets of a Greek
American family altered by a long-ago tragedy in World War II. Told
with quiet power and authenticity, it's a reader's treat."--Kate
Alcott, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The
" A] stunning debut novel."--"USA Today"
" An] insightful examination of memory and the stories that hold us
together--or perhaps tear us apart."--"The Boston Globe"
"A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery
set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory, and the challenges
of forgiveness. Plus, we get to go to Greece What more could you
want from a novel? Read it, read it "--Jenna Blum, "New York Times
"bestselling author of "Those Who Save Us"
"A powerful story of family, betrayal, and forgiveness . . . In
her first novel, Power melds the stories of mother and daughter
into an absorbing tale that deserves to rank high on the list of
"Layered and complex, "The Clover House" is a provocative
examination of family secrets and the things we inherit, a powerful
search for self that feels both unique and universal. Henriette
Lazaridis Power immerses the reader in a world of tradition and
resilience, creating characters who linger long beyond their final
pages. This is one of the best books I've read in a long
time."--Brunonia Barry, "New York Times "and internationally
bestselling author of "The Lace Reader "and "The Map of True
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