Homers Where the Heart Is, the sequel to the brilliant Things Can Only Get Feta, chroniclemore of Marjory McGinn’s experiences living in rural Messinia.
Marjory, her partner, Jim Bruce, and their sidekick Wallace – a Jack Russell terrier, who, with equal parts mischief and mayhem, steals the show on multiple occasions – spent time in Megali Mantineia, then on to Paleohora, before returning to the UK after some 3-1/2 years. The book is part travelogue, part commentary on Greece, and ode to her spiritual home.
In Homers Where the Heart Is, we follow Margarita—as she was christened by the villagers—on adventures traveling the countryside, communing with the villagers, learning the language, partaking in local customs and celebrations, and continually seeking ways to extend her stay (crisis or not).
Juxtaposed with stories of her first time in Greece during the early 1970s, Marjory brings to the forefront startling comparisons of two very difficult times in Modern Greek history. We also learn that despite the great challenges for a foreigner living in Greece during the Junta, and the horrible incident that sparked her return to England, her love for her adopted country took root and has flourished.
Marjory is frequently asked why she wants to be in Greece, especially during such challenging times. Through her stories, sentiments, and humor, we see and feel her love for Greece—and why she will keep going back. If you haven’t previously experienced an extended stay in Greece, you will want to sign up for your own such adventure, so you can feel it too. She’s working on the third book of this series, and I can’t wait. Put this at the top of your summer reading list.
By: Marjory McGinn
Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Published: May 1, 2015