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With vivid descriptions of life in beautiful, modern-day Greece, this memoir is both a tasty treat and an exhilarating sail on the Hellenic seas through xenophobia, dysfunctional family units, religious ravings, obsessive protocols, political disorder, European football, and fabulous food. As the Italians say, Buon Appetito! (Good Appetite!) As the Greeks say, Kalo Taxidi! (Good Voyage!)
Posted May 28, 2011
If I were to describe Patricia in one word it would be: determined.  Patricia has a determination to succeed in whatever she attempts.  This story shows how determined she was to make her marriage work, even though ultimately it didn't. The choice for "Harlot's Sauce" in the title wasn't clear at first, but as you read the story you realize it was her life's attempt on making something delicious out of limited ingedients. She uses humor to great effect in describing what must have been heartrending to experience at the time.  A powerful story written by an equally powerful woman.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2009
Oh, those Greeks. They brought us The Fates, but they met their match in American Patricia Volonakis Davis. She faced a destiny expected of so many women, but had the courage to discover her own path. Harlot's Sauce is an entertaining and ultimately uplifting story of family, friends and feta that countless readers will surely love and see themselves in. We don't all need to travel halfway around the world to Greece to find ourselves, but you'll be glad Patricia Volonakis Davis did.
--Kemble Scott, bestselling author of SoMa and The Sower
Posted April 30, 2009
I had the pleasure of meeting the author in San Francisco, and she is a beautiful woman inside and out. I have friends and relatives who had near experiences. My grandparents lived in America so I did not. I visited Greece and even though I spoke the language, danced the dance and belonged to the correct Church, I was treated as an "Americanaki". I can identify with many things. I have recommended this book to many, many friends and consider it a great gift. However, even though I am twice removed from the Greeks she dealt with, I found three things that disturbed me. I explain them to my friends because they are important -- 1) on page 89 Patricia describes the crucifixes G.O.Christians wear as an "image of death." The Catholic crucifix has the body of Christ. That is an image of death. The Orthodox have the cross only. That mean He has been resurrected. There is no body. So it is an "image of life". Christ is Risen! She also says Greek Orthodox priests get married. They do not. They must marry as seminarians or deacons and then get ordained. Once they are ordained in the priesthood, they cannot marry. My brother is a priest who lost his young wife to cancer. He had two young children. He left the priesthood because he was not allowed to remarry and give those babies a mother. Third, is a personal gripe. I am a terrifc cook and make the best egg lemon soup in the world. It does NOT taste like wallpaper paste. Other than that, it was a super read. I laughed a lot. Efharisto, Patricica.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2009
You'll love and identify with Patricia's insights, in retrospect, on life, love, cultures, friendships, conscious mothering, running a usiness in an adopted country, wifely duties, and a domineering mother-in-law, generously spiced with wretched dogs (and their owners), flying cockroaches, baseball bats, harlot's sauce, and a no-account woman who smells bad. As she cavorts through a couple decades, often laughing at herself, you see innocence retreat and a strong, self-reliant woman come into full bloom, holding no grudges and willing to share herself and the sauce with all of us.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2010
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