A Place for Us - Nicholas GageBantam Press, 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper, more lightly so to the upper panel. Lower panel creased at the foot. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In 1984 the Royal Society of Literature awarded the Heinemann prize for the best book of the year to Nicholas Gage’s Eleni — the true story of how his mother died to save her children during the Greek Civil War. Eleni has sold more than two million copies in fourteen languages and received international acclaim.
A Place For Us tells what happened to Eleni’s children after they escaped from their Greek mountain village. Nick Gage was nine years old in 1949 when he and three of his sisters boarded a ship to America to meet the father they had never known. Their fourth sister, fifteen years old, had disappeared, taken behind the Iron Curtain by the guerrillas who killed their mother.
A Place For Us is a moving family saga, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious, but ultimately triumphant as Eleni’s children adjust to a new country and to a father who at fifty-six finds himself a single parent. He must guard his daughters’ virtue and make peace with a young son full of grief and hostility towards this strange American father. At the same time the children must fit in to the startling new lifestyle of the United States while honouring the rules and customs of the world they left behind. Gage tells of struggles and celebrations, doomed romances and arranged marriages, births and deaths, in a tale of a family bound together by traditions and by love. In the powerful feelings it evokes, A Place For Us is the story of every person who has ever been uprooted and plunged into a new life, and of every child who has felt conflicting emotions for a parent. In both its power and its eloquence, it is a worthy successor to Eleni,”