Two GreeksAuthor: John Charalambous
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n the spirit of Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap, Two Greeks explores migrant life and family tensions in 1970's Australian suburbia.
Ten-year-old Andy figures all fathers must be part ogre, part child, part Zeus – or maybe just all Greek fathers? His peculiar little family is on the brink of collapse.
His sister believes that men and women should live separately, girls with their mothers, boys with their fathers.
His mother is eagerly awaiting the advent of no fault divorce, when she will farewell Harry Stylianou and all his crazy bullying, and live in peace.
But Andy has a melodramatic mind and fears that things could easily end in murder. If only he could subdue his father's rage. If only he could charm the knife from his pocket. Normal family life seems impossible, until one summer's day in 1974 a miraculous Greek voice pierces the surrounding Anglosphere – promising to put the family right.
Two Greeks is a bittersweet story about mentoring, delusion and a child's need to trust.