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Scorpionfish

(2020)
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A Best Summer Read at The Daily Beast and Alma

A captivating and transporting travel novel, Scorpionfish reveals how what we leave behind may be exactly what we've been looking for all along.

After the unexpected deaths of her parents, academic Mira returns to her childhood home in Athens. On her first night back, she encounters a new neighbor, a longtime ship captain who has found himself, for the first time in years, no longer at sea. As one summer night tumbles into another, Mira and the Captain’s voices drift across the balconies of their apartments, disclosing details and stories: of careers, of families, of love.

For Mira, love has so often meant Aris, an ex-boyfriend and rising Greek politician who has recently become engaged to a movie star. There is, too, her love for her dear friend Nefeli—a well-known artist who came of age during the military dictatorship—as well as Dimitra and Fady, a couple caring for a young refugee boy. Undergirding each relationship is the love that these characters have for Athens, a beautiful but complicated city that is equal parts lushness and sharp edges.

Scorpionfish is a map of how and where we find our true selves: in the pull of the sea; the sway of late-night bar music; the risk and promise of art; and in the sparkling, electric, summertime charge of endless possibility. Award-winning author Natalie Bakopoulos braids a story of vulnerability, desire, and bittersweet truth, unraveling old ways of living and, in the end, creating something new.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Bakopoulos writes of her expatriates and exiles, immigrants and refugees, with such intimacy, tenderness and wisdom, intuiting as she does that these are all states of grief. The stoicism with which her characters bear their various loses – portrayed in limpid, pensive prose reminiscent of Rachel Cusk – is deeply affecting." - Peter Ho Davies

"Scorpionfish is transporting, a finely tuned story about art and friendship and the weight of history. Against the backdrop of the Greek economic crisis, Natalie Bakopoulos depicts Athens and island life with grace and accuracy, telling a story of return at once deeply personal and universal. A moving novel with an unexpected undertow." - Cara Hoffman

"Scorpionfish dazzles, fierce and tender in turn...Savor it, and it will leave you changed." - Jesmyn Ward

"Scorpionfish is a riveting, elegant novel keenly observed in the manner of Elena Ferrante and Rachel Cusk. A divine, chiseled stunner." - Claire Vaye Watkins


Used availability for Natalie Bakopoulos's Scorpionfish

Paperback Editions

July 2020 : Paperback
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Title: Scorpionfish
Author(s): Natalie Bakopoulos
Publisher: Tin House Books
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Audio Editions

July 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Scorpionfish
Author(s): Natalie Bakopoulos
ISBN: 1-71352-993-9 / 978-1-71352-993-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Scorpionfish
Author(s): Natalie Bakopoulos
ISBN: 1-71352-994-7 / 978-1-71352-994-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Scorpionfish
Author(s): Natalie Bakopoulos
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


July 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Scorpionfish
Author(s): Natalie Bakopoulos
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Scorpionfish
Author(s): Natalie Bakopoulos
Publisher: Tin House Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA