A Room in Athens: A Memoir by Frances Karlen Santamaria

By Frances Karlen Santamaria

First released in 1970, A Room in Athens is the amazing magazine of a free-
spirited, younger American girl out of the country in Greece along 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 move awry whilst she learns she is pregnant. Settling in Athens, she supplies start to a boy on the country’s in basic terms natural-childbirth clinic–an underground shelter governed by means of a mysterious Madame Kladaki.
Afterward, as a brand new mom in an odd land, she struggles to reconcile the parable of Greece, historic and sleek, with modern Athens, even whereas their idyll recedes. In 1974, A Room in Athens was once excerpted within the landmark anthology Revelations: Diaries of girls. This new version, with an advent by means of the author’s son, unlocks a little-known gem in women’s memoir literature for a brand new generation.

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