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"The Last Day of Paradise," is a family saga that highlights the magic of language and the cycle of generations. Sunday, 15, abruptly discovers that her "baba" may not be her biological father. She narrates the events that led to her birth in a small Greek town and takes the reader back in time to understand her present situation. The story unfolds as Sunday zips blithely from one end of the timeline to the other - from the bawdiness of ancient times to the raw sexual nonchalance of today's youth - although she sometimes gets ahead of her storytelling. Sections are helpfully labelled "current era" and "ancient era". There's Olga, the feminine feminist; Kyra Vana, her lesbian mother; and wicked Yiayia, who has only one breast. And there's Bo, Sunday's friend in the U.S., who tells them all about the wonders of America, such as 24-hour help lines for domestic violence.
"... a novel with wit and attitude to spare...her debut is a captivating and wild-tongued tale."--Dean Bakopoulos, author of "Please Don't Come Back from the Moon."
"Reading this novel is like watching 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' with commentary by Roseanne Barr."--Thaddeus Rutkowski, author of "Tetched"