By Annie Liontas

A robust debut novel a couple of Greek American relatives and its enigmatic patriarch from a riveting new voice in modern literature.

Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and proud proprietor of the Gala Diner, believes he has simply ten days to dwell. As he prepares for his ultimate hours, he sends a scathing electronic mail to his ex-wife and 3 grown daughters, outlining his needs for the way they every one may larger reside their lives. With various levels of laughter and scorn, his friends and family push aside his habit as not anything greater than a plea for cognizance, but if Stavros disappears, these closest to him are pressured to confront the potential for his death.

A bright travel de strength that races to a stunning end, Let Me clarify You is instructed from a number of views: Stavros Stavros, brimming with satisfaction and cursing in damaged English; his eldest daughter Stavroula, a skilled chef in love together with her boss’s daughter; her sister, the wounded yet resilient Litza; and lots of different voices who compose a veritable Greek chorus.

By turns hilarious and deeply relocating, this multigenerational novel supplies a heartfelt meditation at the strength of storytelling and kin, the connection among fathers and daughters, and likewise the complicated bond of sisterhood. Annie Liontas explores our origins and kin myths, starvation and what feeds us, reinvention and forgiveness.

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You wouldn’t even look at me for the rest of the night. Even after supper, when I offered to tell you a story, you just shrugged your shoulders at me and left me sitting at the kitchen table all by myself. I know I was pretty rotten to you that day, but on a guy’s first day of fifth grade first impressions are really important. I tried to make it up to you. In case you didn’t know, I was the one who put the Tootsie Rolls under your pillow that night. I’m sorry, not watching out for you those first few weeks of school.

His words sounded clearer, less slurred. Calli nodded. They walked for about ten more minutes, and then Calli led him off Broadleaf Trail, where brambles and sticky walnut husks were thick. Calli examined the ground in front of her for poison ivy, found none and continued forward and upward, wincing with each step. Suddenly the thicket of trees ended and they were on the outskirts of Louis’s backyard. The grass was wet with dew and overgrown; a littering of baseball bats, gloves and other toys surrounded a small swing set.

Better call the reservists,” I say. I am glad that Motts will have to be the one who wakes up our off-duty officers and the reservists, take them away from their families and their jobs. Willow Creek has a population of about eight thousand people, though it grows by about twelve hundred each fall due to the college. Our department is small; we have ten officers in all, three to a shift. Not near enough help when looking for two missing sevenyear-olds. We’d need the reservists to help canvas the neighborhoods and question people.

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