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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs

Lucky Child, The

A Family Memoir

by (author) Marianne Apostolides

Mansfield Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2010
Personal Memoirs, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2010
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How do we construct the story of ourselves and our countries? How do we know our histories, our memories, our identities? These are the questions that compelled Marianne Apostolides to ask her father about his childhood in wartime Greece. Her probing unleashed a torrent of stories he'd kept hidden, even from himself Ñ stories about honour, bravery, vengeance and betrayal. The Lucky Child tells this tale with honesty and ambiguity. It is a novel that resonates with a deeper 'truth': the truth of our universal need to question and engage, to create our own meaning through shared story.

About the author

Acclaimed writer and critic Marianne Apostolides is the author of five books and one play. Her current writing explores the contact zone between genres – poetry vs. prose, fiction vs. non-fiction, creative vs. critical; it has appeared in The Walrus, Room, and Magazine, among other publications. She is the recipient of the 2012 Chalmers Arts Fellowship; her book Voluptuous Pleasure was listed among the Top 100 Books of 2012 by Toronto’s Globe & Mail, and her book The Lucky Child was long-listed for the 2010 Relit Award. Marianne lives in Toronto with her two children.

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Editorial Reviews

The Lucky Child is ' É exquisitely writtenÉ. a vibrant, multi-layered, image-rich book.Ó (Gale Zo' Garnett, The Globe and Mail)

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