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This Way Back Joanna Eleftheriou

This Way Back By Joanna Eleftheriou

This Way Back by Joanna Eleftheriou


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Dramatizes a childhood split between Queens, New York, and Cyprus, an island nation with a long colonial history and a culture to which Joanna Eleftheriou could never quite adjust. The book avows a Greek-Cypriot-American lesbian's existence by documenting its scenes.

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This Way Back by Joanna Eleftheriou

Going back to her ancestral homeland, a Greek American girl discovers she is a lesbian in love with God, so her questions about home and belonging will not be easily answered.

This Way Back dramatizes a childhood split between Queens, New York, and Cyprus, an island nation with a long colonial history and a culture to which Joanna Eleftheriou could never quite adjust. The book avows a Greek-Cypriot-American lesbian's existence by documenting its scenes: reenacting an 1829 mass suicide by jumping off a school stage onto gym mats at St. Nicholas, harvesting carobs on ancestral land, purchasing UNESCO-protected lace, marching in the island's first gay pride parade, visiting Cyprus's occupied north against a dying father's wish, and pruning geraniums, cypress trees, and jasmine after her father grew too weak to lift the shears. While the author's life binds the essays in This Way Back into what reads like a memoir, the book questions memoir's conventional boundaries between the individual and her community, and between political and personal loss, the human and the environment, and the living and the dead.

About Joanna Eleftheriou

Joanna Eleftheriou is an assistant professor of English at Christopher Newport University. A contributing editor at Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, she grew up in New York and Cyprus and now lives in Virginia. Her essays, short stories, and translations have been widely published.

Table of Contents

  • The Rope of Desires
  • Of Acacia and Maple
  • Your Schedule Depends on the Sky
  • The Actress Who Isn't Acting
  • She and I
  • Ithacas
  • The Temple of Zeus
  • The Other Side
  • Wild Honey, Locust Beans
  • Unsent Letter to My Father
  • Shopping for Story
  • Dancing Greek
  • Out
  • Cyprus Pride
  • Inheritance Law
  • Without Goodbyes
  • Epilogue: Moonlight Elegy
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes

    Additional information

    NLS9781949199666
    9781949199666
    1949199665
    This Way Back by Joanna Eleftheriou
    New
    Paperback
    West Virginia University Press
    2020-10-30
    270
    N/A
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