The Greek Persuasion challenges the notion of one true love
LOS ANGELES, CA, April 29, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — Is there such a thing as one true love, a person’s other half?
Los Angeles Valley College professor Kimberly K. Robeson tackles this age-old question in her provocative debut novel The Greek Persuasion (She Writes Press, April 2019). Through the adventures of protagonist, Greek-American professor Thair Mylopoulos-Wright, the novel explores both the nuances of sexual orientation and complexity of mother-daughter relationships in a tale that is, at once, sensual and cerebral.
Consumed by a myth about Zeus, soul mates and a magic sword, Thair goes on a quest for wholeness and experiences several unexpected and exciting romantic relationships. While recounting her grandmother’s youth in 1940s Egypt and her mother’s in 1960s Greece, Thair gains appreciation for the influence of her family’s matriarchs, but chooses to forge her own path beyond the traditional. Engaging in relationships with both men and women, Thair gains new insight into her quest for completion.
Novelist Kimberly K. Robeson takes readers on an emotional journey through exotic settings and complex desires that will leave readers turning pages well into the night. The author navigates the landscapes of a port city in Egypt, a tranquil Greek Island and its mainland, cities in the United States, as well as the complicated human heart.
Will Thair ever find the missing part of her that Zeus chopped off with his magic sword? Or is the concept of “The One” just a fairy tale that ultimately leaves us disappointed? Is completion something we all hold within ourselves?
Advance Praise for The Greek Persuasion
“Robeson makes her protagonist’s existential fretfulness about her future, and her feelings of uncertainty as she pursues a perfect romantic match, highly relatable. . . . Thair’s narrative will resonate with readers who are confronting their own unpredictable futures.”Kirkus Reviews
“A nuanced and meaningful exploration of both maternal relationships and female sexuality.”
Jennifer Baumgardner, author, Manifesta and Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics.
“In her heartrending debut novel, Kimberly K. Robeson sets a quest for romantic fulfillment against an alluring Greek backdrop and a five-year journey of self-discovery. An exploration of the intricacies of sexuality, romance, and relationships. The Greek Persuasion is an enchanting read from beginning to end. Danielle M. Wong, author of Swearing Off Stars
“A complete and masterful insight into a woman’s mind. Kimberly K. Robeson offers an honest and brave encounter with her characters, making one become an invested spectator of women’s lives and their circumstance of love throughout time and in distant lands.”
Alicja Bachleda, Actress, films include Ondine, Trade, and Pan Tadeusz.
About the Author
Kimberly K. Robeson is a Greek-American assistant professor at Los Angeles Valley College where she teaches world literature, creative writing, and composition. She is the co-advisor for the college’s LGBTQIA+ Club. She has lived in Venezuela, Borneo, and Spain, but grew up in Greece, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the United States. She received a master’s degree in comparative literature and has taught English in Greece, Peru, and the United States for the past twenty-seven years. She has a voracious appetite for travel, not only to experience new places, but more importantly to hear people’s stories first-hand. Kimberly, like her grandmother, has always been a storyteller and Greece is always in her heart. Kimberly currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Hugo, and their three bulldogs: Achilles, Oia, and Opa. The Greek Persuasion is her debut novel.
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