Teacher • Writer • Storyteller
Kimberly K. Robeson
 


Consumed by a myth about Zeus, a magic sword, and soul mates, Thair Mylopoulos-Wright spends much of her adult life searching for her Other Half. At thirty-one, having recently separated from her long-time boyfriend, this Greek-American professor spends a summer in Greece. Alone on a tranquil island, she begins writing stories about her grandmother’s experiences in 1940s Egypt, her mother’s youth in 1960s Greece, and finally, her own life in contemporary America. She writes about the past to make sense of her future. 

While on the island of Kythnos, Thair becomes fascinated with a person. This mystery woman puts her in situations that challenge her traditional values and her concept of the ideal partner. Thair has several relationships in the novel, each one helping her understand her quest for completion.

The Greek Persuasion spans Thair’s life from thirty-one to thirty-six. This novel-within-a -novel explores human sexuality, the complexity of mother-daughter relationships, and the choices women of different generations make when choosing—or settling—for “Mr. (or Ms.) Good Enough.” Will Thair ever find that missing part of her that Zeus chopped off with his magic sword at the beginning of time? Or is the concept of The One just one big fairy tale that has left generations of women, including Thair, searching for someone who doesn’t exist?
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