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The Clover House: A Novel

By Henriette Lazaridis Power

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Format: Paperback, 412 pages
Published In: United States, 15 April 2013
Perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay s Sarah s Key, this stunning debut novel brings to life World War II-era and modern-day Greece and tells the story of a vibrant family and the tragic secret kept hidden for generations. Boston, 2000: Calliope Notaris Brown receives a shocking phone call. Her beloved uncle Nestor has passed away, and now Callie must fly to Patras, Greece, to claim her inheritance. Callie s mother, Clio with whom Callie has always had a difficult relationship tries to convince her not to make the trip. Unsettled by her mother s strange behavior, and uneasy about her own recent engagement, Callie decides to escape Boston for the city of her childhood summers. After arriving at the heady peak of Carnival, Callie begins to piece together what her mother has been trying to hide. Among Nestor s belongings, she uncovers clues to a long-kept secret that will alter everything she knows about her mother s past and about her own future. Greece, 1940: Growing up in Patras in a prosperous family, Clio Notaris and her siblings feel immune to the oncoming effects of World War II, yet the Italian occupation throws their privileged lives into turmoil. Summers in the country once spent idling in the clover fields are marked by air-raid drills; the celebration of Carnival, with its elaborate masquerade parties, is observed at home with costumes made from soldiers leftover silk parachutes. And as the war escalates, the events of one fateful evening will upend Clio s future forever. A moving novel of the search for identity, the challenges of love, and the shared history that defines a family, The Clover House is a powerful debut from a distinctive and talented new writer. Praise for The Clover House The Clover House is a gripping, tender story that spans continents and generations as it delves into the secrets of a Greek American family altered by a long-ago tragedy in World War II. Told with quiet power and authenticity, it s a reader s treat. Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker [A] stunning debut novel. USA Today [An] insightful examination of memory and the stories that hold us together or perhaps tear us apart. The Boston Globe A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory, and the challenges of forgiveness. Plus, we get to go to Greece! What more could you want from a novel? Read it, read it! Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us A powerful story of family, betrayal, and forgiveness . . . In her first novel, Power melds the stories of mother and daughter into an absorbing tale that deserves to rank high on the list of women s fiction. Booklist Layered and complex, The Clover House is a provocative examination of family secrets and the things we inherit, a powerful search for self that feels both unique and universal. Henriette Lazaridis Power immerses the reader in a world of tradition and resilience, creating characters who linger long beyond their final pages. This is one of the best books I ve read in a long time. Brunonia Barry, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader s Circle for author chats and more."

About the Author

Henriette Lazaridis Power is a first-generation Greek-American who has degrees in English literature from Middlebury College; Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar; and the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at Harvard for ten years, serving as an academic dean for four of those. She is the founding editor of The Drum, a literary magazine publishing exclusively in audio form. A competitive rower, Power trains regularly on the Charles River in Boston.

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"The Clover House is a gripping, tender story that spans continents and generations as it delves into the secrets of a Greek American family altered by a long-ago tragedy in World War II. Told with quiet power and authenticity, it's a reader's treat."--Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker "[A] stunning debut novel."--USA Today "[An] insightful examination of memory and the stories that hold us together--or perhaps tear us apart."--The Boston Globe "A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory, and the challenges of forgiveness. Plus, we get to go to Greece! What more could you want from a novel? Read it, read it!"--Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us "A powerful story of family, betrayal, and forgiveness . . . In her first novel, Power melds the stories of mother and daughter into an absorbing tale that deserves to rank high on the list of women's fiction."--Booklist "Layered and complex, The Clover House is a provocative examination of family secrets and the things we inherit, a powerful search for self that feels both unique and universal. Henriette Lazaridis Power immerses the reader in a world of tradition and resilience, creating characters who linger long beyond their final pages. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time."--Brunonia Barry, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places "Well-paced and filled with likable, plausibly flawed characters."--Kirkus Reviews "The Clover House is a tremendously readable story of how family secrets reverberate, how war can force impossible choices, and how a very modern woman faces old longings for her mother's love and a true home. This is a smart and lovely novel."--Holly Lecraw, author of The Swimming Pool The Clover House is a gripping, tender story that spans continents and generations as it delves into the secrets of a Greek American family altered by a long-ago tragedy in World War II. Told with quiet power and authenticity, it s a reader s treat. Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker [A] stunning debut novel. USA Today [An] insightful examination of memory and the stories that hold us together or perhaps tear us apart. The Boston Globe A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory, and the challenges of forgiveness. Plus, we get to go to Greece! What more could you want from a novel? Read it, read it! Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us A powerful story of family, betrayal, and forgiveness . . . In her first novel, Power melds the stories of mother and daughter into an absorbing tale that deserves to rank high on the list of women s fiction. Booklist Layered and complex, The Clover House is a provocative examination of family secrets and the things we inherit, a powerful search for self that feels both unique and universal. Henriette Lazaridis Power immerses the reader in a world of tradition and resilience, creating characters who linger long beyond their final pages. This is one of the best books I ve read in a long time. Brunonia Barry, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places Well-paced and filled with likable, plausibly flawed characters. Kirkus Reviews The Clover House is a tremendously readable story of how family secrets reverberate, how war can force impossible choices, and how a very modern woman faces old longings for her mother s love and a true home. This is a smart and lovely novel. Holly Lecraw, author of The Swimming Pool" "The Clover House" is a gripping, tender story that spans continents and generations as it delves into the secrets of a Greek American family altered by a long-ago tragedy in World War II. Told with quiet power and authenticity, it s a reader s treat. Kate Alcott, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Dressmaker" "" [A] stunning debut novel. "USA Today" "" [An] insightful examination of memory and the stories that hold us together or perhaps tear us apart. "The Boston Globe" A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory, and the challenges of forgiveness. Plus, we get to go to Greece! What more could you want from a novel? Read it, read it! Jenna Blum, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Those Who Save Us" "" A powerful story of family, betrayal, and forgiveness . . . In her first novel, Power melds the stories of mother and daughter into an absorbing tale that deserves to rank high on the list of women s fiction. "Booklist" "" Layered and complex, "The Clover House" is a provocative examination of family secrets and the things we inherit, a powerful search for self that feels both unique and universal. Henriette Lazaridis Power immerses the reader in a world of tradition and resilience, creating characters who linger long beyond their final pages. This is one of the best books I ve read in a long time. Brunonia Barry, "New York Times "and internationally bestselling author of "The Lace Reader "and "The Map of True Places" Well-paced and filled with likable, plausibly flawed characters. "Kirkus Reviews" "" "The Clover House" is a tremendously readable story of how family secrets reverberate, how war can force impossible choices, and how a very modern woman faces old longings for her mother s love and a true home. This is a smart and lovely novel. Holly Lecraw, author of "The Swimming Pool"" ""The Clover House" is a gripping, tender story that spans continents and generations as it delves into the secrets of a Greek American family altered by a long-ago tragedy in World War II. Told with quiet power and authenticity, it's a reader's treat."--Kate Alcott, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Dressmaker"" " "[A] stunning debut novel."--"USA Today"" ""[An] insightful examination of memory and the stories that hold us together--or perhaps tear us apart."--"The Boston Globe" "A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory, and the challenges of forgiveness. Plus, we get to go to Greece! What more could you want from a novel? Read it, read it!"--Jenna Blum, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Those Who Save Us"" " "A powerful story of family, betrayal, and forgiveness . . . In her first novel, Power melds the stories of mother and daughter into an absorbing tale that deserves to rank high on the list of women's fiction."--"Booklist"" " "Layered and complex, "The Clover House" is a provocative examination of family secrets and the things we inherit, a powerful search for self that feels both unique and universal. Henriette Lazaridis Power immerses the reader in a world of tradition and resilience, creating characters who linger long beyond their final pages. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time."--Brunonia Barry, "New York Times "and internationally bestselling author of "The Lace Reader "and "The Map of True Places" "Well-paced and filled with likable, plausibly flawed characters."--"Kirkus Reviews"" " ""The Clover House" is a tremendously readable story of how family secrets reverberate, how war can force impossible choices, and how a very modern woman faces old longings for her mother's love and a true home. This is a smart and lovely novel."--Holly Lecraw, author of "The Swimming Pool" Advance praise for "The Clover House" "Well-paced and filled with likable, plausibly flawed characters."--"Kirkus Reviews" "Family drama and cultural conflict are the twin engines that drive this atmospheric novel, in which a daughter returns to Greece to uncover her mother's secrets, and ends up discovering as much about herself as she learns about her inscrutable relatives. "The Clover House" is both an intriguing personal mystery and a compelling meditation on the ties that bind."--Eleni Gage, author of "Other Waters" "A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory, and the challenges of forgiveness . . . Read it, read it!"--Jenna Blum, author of "Those Who Save Us" "Layered and complex," The Clover House" is a provocative examination of family secrets and the things we inherit. Henriette Lazaridis Power immerses the reader in a world of tradition and resilience, creating characters who linger long beyond their final pages. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time."--Brunonia Barry, author of "The Lace Reader" "Sharply observed and evocative, "The Clover House" is a riveting story about desire, the cost of silence, and the power of a hidden secret from the past to change everything about the present. This debut is a gem."--Dawn Tripp, author of "Game of Secrets" ""The Clover House" is a tremendously readable story of how family secrets reverberate, how war can force impossible choices, and how a very modern woman faces old longings for her mother's love and a true home. This is a smart and lovely novel."--Holly Lecraw, author of "The Swimming Pool"" " "Readers will feel the eloquently written quandary of Henriette Lazaridis Power's vivid and troubled protagonist, a woman with one foot in Greece and the other in America; a woman who, like so many immigrants and first-generation Americans, struggles to be at home in two countries Advance praise for "The Clover House" "A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory, and the challenges of forgiveness . . . Read it, read it!"--Jenna Blum, author of "Those Who Save Us" "Layered and complex", The Clover House" is a provocative examination of family secrets and the things we inherit. Henriette Lazaridis Power immerses the reader in a world of tradition and resilience, creating characters who linger long beyond their final pages. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time."--Brunonia Barry, author of "The Lace Reader" "Sharply observed and evocative, "The Clover House" is a riveting story about desire, the cost of silence, and the power of a hidden secret from the past to change everything about the present. This debut is a gem."--Dawn Tripp, author of "Game of Secrets" ""The Clover House" is a tremendously readable story of how family secrets reverberate, how war can force impossible choices, and how a very modern woman faces old longings for her mother's love and a true home. This is a smart and lovely novel."--Holly Lecraw, author of "The Swimming Pool"" " "Readers will feel the eloquently written quandary of Henriette Lazaridis Power's vivid and troubled protagonist, a woman with one foot in Greece and the other in America; a woman who, like so many immigrants and first-generation Americans, struggles to be at home in two countries."--Randy Susan Meyers, author of "The Murderer's Daughters" Advance praise for "The Clover House" "Layered and complex," The Clover House" is a provocative examination of family secrets and the things we inherit, a powerful search for self that feels both unique and universal. Henriette Lazaridis Power immerses the reader in a world of tradition and resilience, creating characters who linger long beyond their final pages. One of the best books I've read in a long time." --Brunonia Barry, "New York Times" and international bestselling author of "The Lace Reader" and "The Map of True Places"" " "A rare treat: an elegantly written debut about a family mystery set during wartime, the slipperiness of memory and the challenges of forgiveness. Plus, we get to go to Greece! What more could you want from a novel? Read it, read it!" --Jenna Blum, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Those Who Save Us"" " "Sharply observed and evocative, "The Clover House" is a riveting story about desire, the cost of silence, and the power of a hidden secret from the past to change everything about the present. Henriette Lazaridis Power blends the stark, at times brutal, truths of war-torn Greece with the heady rush of Carnival into a brilliantly realized story about the consequence of an illicit love, the histories we come from, and the dreams that draw us back. This debut is a gem." --Dawn Tripp, author of national bestseller "Game of Secrets" ""The Clover House" is a tremendously readable story of how family secrets reverberate, how war forces impossible choices, and how a very modern woman faces old longings for her mother's love and a true home. This is a smart and lovely novel." --Holly Lecraw, author of "The Swimming Pool " "Readers will feel the eloquently written quandary of Henriette Lazaridis Power's vivid and troubled protagonist, a woman with one foot in Greece and the other in America; a woman who, like so many immigrants and first-generation Americans, struggles to beg

Cali Brown learns from her cousin in Greece that their beloved uncle has died and left her the bulk of his estate. This news reaches Cali at a time when, despite a recent engagement, her romantic and family relationships feel less than stable. Unsure of her future marriage and lacking a relationship with her emotionally distant mother, she heads to Greece to sort through the pieces of her family's life and her own. As she combs through her uncle's belongings, she finds remnants of life in Greece during World War II that lead her to question discrepancies in family history and her mother's perpetual sadness. VERDICT This debut novel offers an interesting premise and vibrant setting, but poor editing allows it to be weighed down by unnecessary plot points and shifting narrators. The storyline loses rhythm when historical chapters told from her mother's point of view interrupt Cali's narration. Though family and emotional history are explained, the novel is too uneven for readers to relate to the characters.-Madeline Solien, Deerfield P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9780345530684
ISBN: 0345530683
Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.
Dimensions: 20.35 x 13 x 2.39 centimetres (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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