Joanne Tombrakos is a writer, business coach and speaker who inspires and creates change. She blogs on living and working after corporate America at http://onewomanseye.blogspot.com. Joanne was born to first generation Greek-Americans. She lives in New York City. The Secrets They Kept is her first novel.
The Secrets They Keptby Joanne Tombrakos
Every family has its secrets. Elena Poulous knew that. As an attorney she witnessed such deception every day. But she never thought her Greek-American family was like everybody else's. She believed she knew everything there was to know about them - until the Saturday morning, the police knock on the door of her New York City apartment. Her otherwise organized and controlled life is suddenly disrupted as they inform her of the death of Yannis Poulous, a man she had never heard of, a man who has listed her as his next of kin.
As Elena sets out to settle his affairs, she encounters a web of secrets that have been silenced for a lifetime. A box of old letters she unearths in his Brooklyn apartment begin to help unravel the mystery. But the biggest part of the puzzle - why everyone in her family, especially her mother Kristina refuses to talk about him - proves the most difficult to discover.
The story unfolds over the course of the forty days that follow Yannis' death, a time when according to the beliefs of the Greek Orthodox religion, the soul of the deceased remains close to the earth and to those it loves as it asks for the forgiveness of its sins.
The Secrets They Kept is a multi-generational story, of mothers and daughters, of cultural and religious influences that still exercise power, of hearts closing and opening, of secrets kept and discovered, all in the name of love and of family.
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I'm an avid nonfiction reader. I rarely pick up novels...and if I do, I rarely finish them! But this one...I honestly couldn't put down. I was hooked from the first page...the intrigue, the characters, the twists and turns. I love the way the author writes...with such depth and simplicity that I wish I could find in other novelists. I'm ready to pre-order her next book! Barbara Stanny
The Secrets They Kept by author Joanne Tombrakos .... was fabulous, 5 stars!
I really enjoyed this story and loved all the characters. Wish elenas and matts story went on . Read this book you wont be sorry
The Secrets They Kept is a poignant, moving portrait of a close-knit Greek immigrant family and their descendants, including the second generation who is, in part, breaking away from the family’s traditions. The action is driven in part by the mental illness of Yannis, but more by the personalities and decisions of various family members in dealing with Yannis, particularly the secrets they kept about him and about their respective interactions with him. The novel revolves around the results of those secrets on those who keep them and those they keep them from including members of a generation who never knew Yannis. Beautifully written, the book is a compelling and fascinating read.