The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree

By: Helen Papanikolas

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Book Details: 261 pages, paperback / softcover, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press


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"... Evocative portraits...of a culture caught in its dying but still resonant last moments". -- Kirkus Reviews

"Writers like Papanikolas should live a thousand years". -- Journal of the International Greek Folklore Society

Title: The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree

Author: Helen Papanikolas

Categories: Greece,

Publisher: Ohio University Press / Swallow Press:

ISBN Number: 0804009945

ISBN Number 13: 9780804009942

Binding: paperback / softcover

Book Details: 261 pages, paperback / softcover, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press

Seller ID: 009945

Description: The title of Helen Papanikolas' second collection of short stories, The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree, is taken from an old Greek proverb and speaks of the new generation's struggle with the vestiges of Greek customs. Gone are the raw, overt emotions of the pioneers, their bold prejudices, and, especially, the haunting black fatalism of funerals. Yet their children retain much of their parents' culture. Although they live far from the old Greek towns, we see their rivalries, envy of the successful, and hubris as they respond to their experiences of intermarriage, old age, and loss. The exoticism and color of immigrant life wanes as each generation that follows those first patriarchs and matriarchs becomes "more like the Americans." These are stories of the long passage of immigration-from accommodation, to the straddling of two cultures, and ending with assimilation. They are stories of a particular people, but they could be about any people.
See also:
An Amulet of Greek Earth
Small Bird, Tell Me
The Time of the Little Black Bird

About Author
Helen Papanikolas was the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, most recently the novel The Time of the Little Black Bird, winner of the Utah Book Award for Fiction.

Reviews
“Writers like Papanikolas should live a thousand years.” —Journal of the Int’l Greek Folklore Society
261 pages, paperback / softcover, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press