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My Last Lament

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"A remarkable accomplishment, a long and circuitous tale of three young people, orphaned by WWII in Greece, and their struggles to survive the brutal and chaotic aftermath - a real Greek tragedy, full of wit, pathos, and poetry."
Dennis McFarland

"James William Brown’s brilliance and artistry as a storyteller woos, fascinates and utterly devastates in My Last Lament. If you loved All the Light We Cannot See, you will devour this novel; a heart-rending World War II story you’ve never heard and won’t soon forget."
Susan Meissner

"My Last Lament is a book I will never forget."
Alyssa Palombo

"This is an astonishing novel, an imaginative feat of epic proportions. I was gripped from the first line. These characters! This story! Here is war and joy and terror and love and death and humor all mixed up, just as in life. I loved My Last Lament so much I kept shoving it in people’s faces, saying, 'This book! You have to read this book!'"
Anna Solomon

A poignant and evocative novel of one Greek woman's story of her own - and her nation's - epic struggle in the aftermath of World War II.

Aliki is one of the last of her kind, a lamenter who mourns and celebrates the passing of life. She is part of an evolving Greece, one moving steadily away from its rural traditions. To capture the fading folk art of lamenting, an American researcher asks Aliki to record her laments, but in response, Aliki sings her own story.

It begins in a village in northeast Greece, where Aliki witnesses the occupying Nazi soldiers execute her father for stealing squash. Taken in by her friend Takis' mother, Aliki is joined by a Jewish refugee and her son, Stelios. When the village is torched and its people massacred, Aliki, Takis, and Stelios are able to escape just as the war is ending.

Fleeing across the chaotic landscape of postwar Greece, the three become a makeshift family. They're bound by friendship and grief but torn apart by betrayal, madness, and heartbreak.

Through Aliki's powerful voice, an unforgettable one that blends light and dark with wry humor, My Last Lament delivers a fitting eulogy to a way of life and provides a vivid portrait of a timeless Greek woman whose story of love and loss is an eternal one.

Genre: Historical
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Hardback Editions

April 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: My Last Lament
Author(s): James William Brown
ISBN: 0-399-58340-8 / 978-0-399-58340-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Audio Editions

April 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: My Last Lament
Author(s): James William Brown
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

April 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: My Last Lament
Author(s): James William Brown
Publisher: Berkley
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