A thirteen-year-old girl, with dark red curls, imagines her life flowing like water. That is until she falls victim to rape. She shuts herself off from the rest of the world hiding in her house in the southern suburbs of Athens where she lives with her parent and her aunt, a family with secrets of stone. She too turns to stone, desperately looking for salvation in books and knowledge. The mark, however, left behind by her rapist, will upset any steps she hopes to make in the future… On the other side of the Atlantic, Greek-American Jack suffers from a strange illness which leads him to peculiar reactions and behaviors. He feels as though he is trapped in a horrible cocoon and dreams of transforming into something else. In Amarathia, Messinia, Romanos Papas has to fight his own demons, his dark family history. He believes that by running away, he will find happiness, even if it is in another corner of the earth. The three main characters feel their families and friends smothering them at times, and protecting them at others. As their path leads them to the everyday life of second generation Greek immigrants in the US and travels to Paris, Messinia, and Athens of the 1970s and 1980s, they come together in an erotic tornado, crashing against each other, crushing themselves, bringing each other to life and then returning to dark alleys as they fight to find and hold onto the light of life.
By Maria Rousakis. 400 pages. Paperback. In Greek. Imported. Psichogios publications.