Title: A Place for Us: Eleni's Children in America
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston
Publication Date: 1989
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the front endpaper: "To Bob & Claudia, / Merry Christmas! / Nicholas Gage / Dec. 9, 1989." A follow-up to the author's bestselling "Eleni," about his mother's self-sacrifice during the post-WWII Greek civil war. Quarterbound in purple paper-covered boards with a purple cloth, gold-lettered spine. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; small pinkish stain to bottom of page edges; corners sharp, spine ends lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $19.95); Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 002722
Synopsis: A Place for Us begins as nine-year-old Nicholas Gage and three of his sisters escape from their wartorn Greek village and board a ship to America to meet the father they have never known. Eleni's children must adjust not only to a startling new American lifestyle, but also to a 56-year-old man who suddenly finds himself a single father. 27 black-and-white photographs.
From Publishers Weekly:
Gage was nine in 1949 when he and three sisters set sail from Greece for the U.S. Their mother had just been murdered by Greek communists who tried forcibly to conscript the family into guerrilla training. In Worcester, Mass., the children met their immigrant father Christos Gatzoyiannis, separated for years from the clan. Expecting a tycoon, they found instead an out-of-work short-order cook, a proud, touchy, gruff autocrat whom Gage, resentfully, blamed for not getting the family out of Greece sooner. A fourth sister joined them three months later. The story of Gage's reconciliation with his father is the keynote of this wonderfully vivid autobiographical sequel to Eleni. Full of humorous, ironic, sad touches, this extraordinary, moving saga reflects one family's attempt to balance assimilation with the preservation of Old-World traditions. Halfway to becoming a petty teenaged hood, the author pulled himself together and became instead a distinguished journalist who returned to Greece in an effort to trace his mother's killers (as told in Eleni ). Photos.
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