A Greek family saga that highlights the power of love!
- Kiki Denis' debut novel, "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" to keep the reader from becoming confused by the multigenerational cast.
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. "It's a public service. Amazing stuff, eh?" he says. "It sounds like the first part of a science fiction sequel."
Reviewed by SHAZNA NESSA (The Associated Press)