By Frances Karlen Santamaria
First released in 1970, A Room in Athens is the awesome magazine of a free-
spirited, younger American girl in a foreign country in Greece together with her author husband in 1964. encouraged by way of the sixties’ trend for the exuberant land of Zorba and Lawrence Durrell, they search an Aegean idyll–but their plans threaten to head awry whilst she learns she is pregnant. Settling in Athens, she offers delivery to a boy on the country’s simply natural-childbirth clinic–an underground safe haven governed through a mysterious Madame Kladaki.
Afterward, as a brand new mom in a wierd land, she struggles to reconcile the parable of Greece, historical and sleek, with modern Athens, even whereas their idyll recedes. In 1974, A Room in Athens used to be excerpted within the landmark anthology Revelations: Diaries of ladies. This re-creation, with an creation through the author’s son, unlocks a little-known gem in women’s memoir literature for a brand new generation.
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