The Spice Box Letters
AWARDED THE AURORA MARDIGANIAN GOLD MEDAL
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Katerina inherits a scented, wooden spice box after her grandmother Mariam dies. It contains letters and a diary, written in Armenian. As she pieces together her family story, Katerina learns that Mariam's childhood was shattered by the Armenian tragedy of 1915.
Mariam was exiled from her home in Turkey and separated from her beloved brother, Gabriel, her life marred by grief and the loss of her first love. Dissatisfied and restless, Katerina tries to find resolution in her own life as she completes Mariam's story – on a journey that takes her across Cyprus and then half a world away to New York.
Miracles, it seems, can happen – for those trapped by the past, and for Katerina herself.
‘Makis translates the darker sides of domestic life into engaging, vibrant prose.’
‘One of the best books that I have ever read.’
-Book Addict Shaun
‘Vividly evocative of Cyprus and the horrors of the Armenian genocide . . . the writing is beautiful, engaging all the senses, and . . . there is plenty of warmth and humour to offset the traumatic episodes.’
‘The curmudgeonly old patriarch, Gabriel, won me over.’
‘A tragic yet humorous and romantic tale of a young woman's emotional journey to piece together her family history. ’
‘... Eve's works normally sum up the totality of life: the joy, the darkness and the moments that warm and uplift. Here she combines it with an education and, in doing so, ensures we won't forget either facet.’