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The Thread by Victoria Hislop

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Published by Harper, July, 2012 ****

I have read books that are considered character studies, and I would have to say that in this novel, the main character is the Greek city of Thessaloniki.  Sure, there are a number of actual characters who walk her streets and call her home, but it is Thessaloniki that changes and evolves over the years while shaping and defining its inhabitants.  Despite a devastating fire, The Great War, Nazi occupation, poverty, civil war and other perils, Thessaloniki witnessed generations of families surviving the city’s upheavals.

Dimitri is born into a wealthy family, but his particular sense of patriotism is at odds with his domineering father’s nationalism.  Katerina comes to the city as a small child and a refugee.  Their lives are forever connected by the city they call home, even as war and policy keep them apart.  This is the first time I have ever read anything that illustrates the history of a Greek city during the first half of the 20th century.  I hadn’t realized how WWII affected the nation, how threatening communism was, or how people in this part of the world lived.  Besides Katerina, there are some wonderful female characters such as her strong-willed adoptive mother Eugenia and Dimitri’s stoic, agoraphobic mother Olga.  Thessaloniki became a familiar place to me as I read about its close-knit community throughout the decades.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via TLC Book Tours.

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

One thought on “The Thread by Victoria Hislop

  1. I’m glad to see you mention a number of strong female characters – I love reading about women like that.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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