Heartstrings is a deeply personal and compassionate memoir that chronicles the history and lives of the author's Greek-American family in her own creative way. Based upon actual events and interviews with family members, she explores how tragic events can have a ripple effect on past, present, and future generations in surprising and unexpected ways. From stories about immigrant experiences in the early 1900s to the writer's personal journey of growth through the tumultuous and radical changes of the 1960s up to now, this book is a reminder that the past is deeply rooted in the present. Through stories, poetry, and photographs, the author illustrates how trauma is often carried unconsciously from parent to child, and into the future. Brilliantly written, HeartStrings will send you on a path to find meaning in your own family's stories.
From Heartstrings: "Mama was determined to protect me from being mistaken for a deer. Her heartstrings were sewn into that sweater."