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Greek Book Club: Let Me Explain You, by Annie Liontas

June 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
by Zoom,

Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and proud owner of the Gala Diner, believes he has just ten days to live. As he prepares for his final hours, he sends a scathing email to his ex-wife and three grown daughters, outlining his wishes for how they each might better live their lives. With varying degrees of laughter and scorn, his family and friends dismiss his behavior as nothing more than a plea for attention, but when Stavros disappears, those closest to him are forced to confront the possibility of his death.

A vibrant tour de force that races to a surprising conclusion, Let Me Explain You is told from multiple perspectives: Stavros Stavros, brimming with pride and cursing in broken English; his eldest daughter Stavroula, a talented chef in love with her boss’s daughter; her sister, the wounded but resilient Litza; and many other voices who compose a veritable Greek chorus.

By turns hilarious and deeply moving, this multigenerational novel delivers a heartfelt meditation on the power of storytelling and family, the relationship between fathers and daughters, and the complex bond of sisterhood. Liontas explores our origins and family myths, hunger and what feeds us, reinvention and forgiveness.

Publisher’s website with purchase links

To participate, contact Dr. Simos Zenios: szenios@humnet.ucla.edu


June 12, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


UCLA SNF Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture


by Zoom