9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Hysterical and Sad,
This review is from: Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece (Paperback)
As someone married to a Greek and living in Greece for that reason, I devoured this book in one sitting. It was hysterically funny and accurate to the point that I wanted to show it to the person on the plane next to me and say "Read this passage.. that's EXACTLY how it is in Greece!"
Very well observed account of the culture and crazy families. All of it is true - the crazy Athens traffic, the families living and dying all one on top of the other without ever leaving the neighbourhood, the "She's just trying to help" arguments about mothers in law coming in and cleaning/rearranging the apartment when you're out, the energy-draining miserable expat wives.
Also the great people and the family members who embrace you as one of their own, a beautiful country and a new attitude to life. Moving to Greece was a transformation for me too and though it took me time to adjust, I now defend the Greeks and Greece as ferociously as a local when expats start moaning.
My in-laws now look like saints. Thank you for this book, it was touching and so well written. I'm glad I picked it up in Athens airport. I'll be recommending it to my friends, Greek and non Greek, back in Athens.