The People In Between: A Cyprus Odyssey

The People In Between: A Cyprus Odyssey

by Gregory S. Lamb


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A family's history is shaped by the conflicts during the 1960s and 70s in Cyprus.Kiraz Nora Johansson and her twin brother never knew their mother who died while giving birth. By invitation of a family friend she travels to Cyprus and discovers her family's past. Through a history that was nearly lost to her and her troubled brother, she learns what it means to love and becomes forever tied to the Cypriot people and their unforgettable island home.A "Green Line" on a map splits a nation and its capitol. Not long ago the people of Cyprus were torn from their lands by external forces. No matter wich side of the divide they live on today, they are a united people in a country divided. They are the people in between.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461138747
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/18/2012
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Today Cyprus remains the only nation in the world with a divided capitol city. The nation has a demilitarized zone cutting through it and the once mixed cultures of Greek and Turkish Cypriot speaking people living together in inter-communal villages are now divided.

I chose to tell this story as a family saga using a young woman as the main character. Through the voices of several characters, the complicated and confusing contemporary history of Cyprus is presented in a way that isn't burdensome to the reader. Over the years I've noticed that in regions prone to insurgent warfare, it is the women who are most influential in either maintaining or re-establishing peace, which is why I wanted the main character in my novel to be a young woman.

"The People In Between" was intended to entertain and enlighten at the same time.

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SanelaRJurich-author More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love reading books like the one I just finished - The People in Between by Gregory S. Lamb. This particular story has everything: history, romance, painful past, and mystery. It's very well written. The characters are likable and believable. The main character is Nora. She has an amazing job that takes her all over the world, giving her great opportunities to visit other countries, to meet people from all over the world and to help the ones who are less fortunate than us. The story starts when Nora's twin brother, Nils, talks her into going to Cyprus for the summer to take care of their family friend's gallery while he's away. This trip turns out to be the best adventure Nora has ever ventured into. It, not only, gives her a chance to meet the love of her life, but it, also, unlocks some secrets about Nora's mother who died giving birth to Nora and Nils and whom they never got the chance to meet. Other than telling us Nora's story, the author gives us quite a bit of Cyprus history describing the beautiful country in such a way that the reader feels like they're watching it on TV or looking at pictures. I highly recommend this book. It will take you on a great journey to a beautiful country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of us have heard of the "wee troubles" in Ireland, but until reading Gregory S. Lamb's The People in Between: A Cyprus Odyssey, I knew nothing of the troubling times that have persisted in Cyprus over the last 50 years. Having lived on the island and studied its history extensively, Mr. Lamb aims to give the reader an objective snapshot of this tragically divided country. He does so through a small story with a big heart. A series of events turns a visit on Cyprus into a quest for the novel's protagonist, Nora, a young American who is discovering the truth about her deceased Cypriot mother. Nora's odyssey is made complete with a tender romance, a conflicted brother, and a father who is finally ready to share his story. In writing his first novel Mr. Lamb demonstrates an insider's knowledge of local foods, locations, and languages. The author has a keen ear for naturalistic dialogue and he peoples his pages with believable characters. Most importantly, he brings his tale to a satisfying climax. For anyone who enjoys a romantic yarn wrapped in the context of recent European history, Mr. Lamb's book is a must-read. For those who think they may like to travel around Cyprus, bring this book!!! The various beaches, locales, archeological sites etc. are not fictitious: they await you with arms wide open!