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All Windows Open: and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Hariklia Heristanidis
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All windows open ... Chrissie Triantafillou is your average Greek girl growing up in Melbourne in the 1980s. Dark hair, art student, bit of a princess. Other distinguishing features: she has no sense of smell, has been cursed by her mother, and is passionately in love with her cousin George.

Hariklia Heristanidis is a writer and blogger. Her stories open up a world of dreams, desires, and women who either tell fortunes, or - hopefully - make their own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Clouds of Magellan; 1 edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089Y304C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #888,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable stories 9 Sept. 2012
By Lula
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Bought this for my Kindle and couldn't put it down, engaging characters and interesting stories. Hope to hear more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 21 Aug. 2012
By Hil
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Although I have never been to suburban Australia (and have no Greek ancestry!) these characters ring absolutely true - you only have to have been young and fallen in love with an unattainable dream to relate. But the settings and detail are also fascinating - I sort of feel I DID grow up Greek in Melbourne after living through Chrissie's coming of age with her. Cleverly constructed with parallel stories and different voices woven together, the story is told in a modern, almost episodic way like a good TV drama. I was gripped from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 20 July 2012
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Sweet stories that readers will relate to whether Greek, Aussie, English or ever fancied a guy. Ideal for holidays or travelling to work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this! 2 Dec. 2012
By Inky - Published on
An exciting new addition to Australian fiction. I found this book well written and totally engaging, with some wonderfully quirky characters. And as an ex-Melbournian, it's always enjoyable to read stories that incorporate familiar places so seemlessly into the narrative. The book left me with a smile on my face - am hoping her next collection is well under way! Thoroughly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the stories 13 Nov. 2012
By JR - Published on
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What a lovely surprise to find a book of entertaining Australian stories containing characters living in Melbourne that I could relate to or if not, would love to find out more about them. Although I don't know anyone who who can lift the evil eye, as Magdalena Mavros, the mysterious widow does in the first story "All Windows Open"; I would like to. This main story of the collection focuses on what it is like being young, Greek and Australian and in lust with someone you shouldn't be. The story contains little gems of wisdom of life in Melbourne in the 80's. I loved the fact that Chrissie, the main character, takes her friend to an actual Countdown taping. Wow! I could read a whole novel about someone who actually went to a Countdown taping.
Having recently turned 50 I thoroughly related to Elizabeth in "Open for Inspection" who received the same birthday present that I did: ä request for a faecal test sample from the government (bowel cancer screening). I am guessing the writer is 50ish with a Greek background but it is obvious she has a wonderful sense of humour and can write wonderfully engaging stories.
Be warned, "All Windows Open" has several descriptions of delicious sounding Greek deserts that will make want to search for the nearest Greek cake shop or befriend a Greek stranger that could make you a cake. On the negative side, I was so engrossed with "All Windows Open" that it jolted me out of my comfort zone when the main character Chrissie, after a barking dog woke her from a moment in a romantic dream wrote, "I wanted to find that dog and kick it". I was disappointed that one of characters that I had come to like so much could even think of hurting a dog. But then again, I am a dog lover. Perhaps the writer could think of that in the future. I hope there are many more stories to read or perhaps even a novel?
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 19 Oct. 2012
By Andrea S. Cox - Published on
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I can truly say I loved these stories. What an entertaining cast of characters. I found them all funny, warm and very real. I have a soft spot for All Windows Open and really loved learning so much about Greek culture, so many superstitions! I also enjoyed Mrs Mavros' character very much. Would love to read more from this author.
5.0 out of 5 stars All Windows Open 9 Sept. 2012
By Boots - Published on
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I loved this book...its an easy read and highly engaging. The other stories included are also lovely. A terrific gift...can't wait for her next book of stories. Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, inspiring, short and sweet!! 8 Sept. 2012
By zanderlab - Published on
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A novella that packs so much inside!!! A great read, with many endearing characters that pull you along their life's journey and embrace the adventures that they lead you on. Chrissie is no different from other young girls growing up in any part of the world, except she lives in suburban Melbourne and comes from a colourful Greek family. Funny and frustrating but at the same time, very loyal and loveable family characters. We can all relate to having the same dreams and angst about love when the love of our life comes along, as Chrissie's dream man has. Except in Chrissie's case, the love of her life just happens to be her first cousin George. The story is rich in characters and vivid in scenes of Melbourne, I feel like I was just under the Flinders Street station clocks waiting with Chrissie and her friend Tina. Special characters that provide a colourful back drop to Chrissie's story is Mrs Mavros the young widow who reads coffee cups, I would love another chapter about her life in Greece. Also, who doesn't know a Glady Evans who lives across the road and nominates herself as the neighbourhood watch? Spouse Cycle, Steve's Sprig and Cinnamon are just a few of the short story's that are way too'll want to read more of these intriguing beginings and surprise endings. A book that I could not put down...a MUST read.
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