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On a beautiful Greek island, myths, magic, and a colorful cast of characters come together in When the Cypress Whispers, Yvette Manessis Corporon’s lushly atmospheric story about past and present, family and fate, love and dreams that poignantly captures the deep bond between an American woman and her Greek grandmother.
The daughter of Greek immigrants, Daphne aspires to the American Dream, yet feels as if she’s been sleepwalking through life. Caught between her family’s old-world traditions and the demands of a modern career, she cannot seem to find her place.
Only her beloved grandmother on Erikousa, a magical island off the coast of Greece, knows her heart. Daphne’s fondest memories are of times spent in the kitchen with Yia-yia, cooking and learning about the ancient myths. It was the thought of Yia-yia that consoled Daphne in the wake of her husband’s unexpected death.
After years of struggling to raise her child and pay the bills, Daphne now has a successful restaurant, a growing reputation as a chef, and a wealthy fiancé—everything she’s ever wanted. But across the ocean, Yia-yia can see through the storybook perfection of Daphne’s new life— and now she is calling her back to Erikousa. She has secrets about the past to share with her granddaughter— stories from the war, of loyalty and bravery in the face of death. She also has one last lesson to teach her: that security is not love, and that her life can be filled with meaning again.
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About the Author
Yvette Manessis Corporon is a senior producer with the syndicated entertainment news show Extra. In addition to her two Emmy Awards, Yvette has received a Silurian Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the New York City Comptroller and City Council's Award for Greek Heritage and Culture.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Erikousa was a refuge for Daphne. Spending summers with her grandmother, listening to the old myths, and finally being able to be herself. But many years later Daphne is grown up, and she is finally returning to her refuge after many years. Only now she is truly an American - running her own restaurant, 5 year old daughter in tow, and engaged to a wealthy banker. She thinks she's finally made it. When the Cypress Whispers shows that sometimes what you think you want isn't what you really want. It takes us back to Daphne's Greek roots. While there is no huge action scene or great mystery, the story unfolds beautifully. Through Daphne's grandmother and friends she is able to reconnect with the stories she knew so well as a child and learn new ones, real ones, a part of her history that is inspiring but immensely sad at the same time. The story isn't just about Daphne, it is also about her daughter who seems adrift when she first arrives in Greece. She was adorable and watching her come out of her shell while surrounded by her extended family was a lot of fun. There's a bit of a love story, but it's not a romance and it's hidden deep for most of the story. Now that spring is here and the weather is getting warmer, this would be the perfect book to enjoy with a cool drink and a fresh breeze. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
I am an avid reader of fiction and a published author. I am not surprised that “When the Cypress Whispers” has won a German book award, and it has been declared the International V Best Seller–all within a year from its publication. I predict that more awards will follow. The author has used her Greek heritage, skills as a writer, and imagination to craft an intriguing story. The book chronicles the conflicts facing Daphene, a single mother, balancing her time between five-year-old Evie and her Brooklyn restaurant; the pull of her beloved Greek island against a prospective financially secure life in New York and reconciling her love for Steve with her conflicting feelings for the mysterious fisherman, Yiani. How will Daphene deal with her love for the island– its myths and people–and her finance, a rich New York executive who strives to understand the simple life of Erikousa? Although Daphene, Yia-Yia and Yiani take center stage, Nitsa, Popi and Ari add diversity to the plot while Evie is the child star. For you food lovers, Greek cusine –such as aramosalata, tzatziki, skordalia, melitzanosalata and Stifado-will whet your appetitite. Here is my idea of spending a fall evening: curl-up before a fire with a glass of wine, and read “When the Cypress Whispers.”
What a lame and rushed ending, which otherwise could have been a really remarkable book. I loved learning some of the history of the Greek Jews, the Greek words, the Greek food and customs. But, seriously, "Daphne gets her light back while on the island" and the night of her grandmother's burial she breaks her engagement and then runs into the arms of someone her grandmother helped save and makes love to him "all over the fishing boat all night long" which sounds completely disgusting and unreal. Then the girl who "found her light" ends up an unwed mother in Brooklyn living with a cousin and two babies without a father and never bothers to tell this man (the one her beloved Yai Yai was so close to that he has fathered a son) -- come on now!! This is finding light; think she lost it on that island. BTW, where was Stephen’s family and friends during the wedding preparation? I have been to a Greek wedding and leading up to the wedding there was plenty of family and friends from Amerikano on the island.
When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon is a novel situated in one of the most beautiful places on Earth: a small Greek island. I just love Greece, and the book described some amazing scenery which really brought me back to the vacation my husband and I took a few years ago. In When the Cypress Whispers Daphne lost the love of her life Alex in a tragic accident. It’s been years, and she and her daughter Evie have since moved on. Daphne will soon marry Stephen, who is wealthy and has helped Daphne create her dream of owning a successful restaurant in NYC. When Daphne takes Evie to the Greek isle of Erikousa before the wedding (which will be on the island later), Evie and Daphne fall back in love with this amazing place. At the same time, Daphne finds out that her grandmother, Yia-yia, is hiding a secret. An amazing secret that makes Daphne question herself and the life she has made. I really really wanted more of the historical fiction part of the book. It was such a tiny piece, and I think that with more of that historical fiction, which was on the island during WWII, the book would have been a great read. It felt too glossed over for me, and left me wanting more, but not in the best way. For me, the book was a little too light, too much of a predictable story. Who is this book for? Someone who enjoys lighter women’s fiction with a touch of unknown history thrown in. Have you ever been to Greece? Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book