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Three Summers

Margarita Liberaki


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Coup de coeur (Fiction), by Lily
Reading The Tree Summers is like wading into salty water and eating frozen grapes; it's warm, sultry, and moreish. Embodying a hazy summer's day, this coming-of-age classic set before the Second World War follows the lives of three sisters across three summers, as they each navigate the youthful desires and fears of getting older, finding love, and gaining independence. Liberaki transports us to the atmospheric Greek countryside for this story of sisterhood where she draws poignant parallels between the landscape and characters, illustrating an intimate connection to place and home. The youngest, Katerina, is the principal narrator of the novel and through her, Liberaki sets a tone that is at once tranquil, playful and contemplative.

With a new introduction by Polly Samson, Sunday Times bestselling author of A THEATRE FOR DREAMERS

'Gorgeous... the written equivalent of lying in the sun eating figs' India Knight, Sunday Times

'That summer we bought big straw hats. Maria's had cherries around the rim, Infanta's had forget-me-nots, and mine had poppies as red as fire. . .'

Three Summers
is a warm and tender tale of three sisters growing up in the countryside near Athens before the Second World War. Living in a ramshackle old house with their divorced mother are flirtatious, hot-headed Maria, beautiful but distant Infanta, and dreamy and rebellious Katerina, through whose eyes the story is mostly observed. Over three summers, the girls share and keep secrets, fall in and out of love, try to understand the strange ways of adults and decide what kind of adults they hope to become.

'The sun has disappeared from books these days... You are one of those who pass it on' Albert Camus to Margarita Liberaki

The literary equivalent of a sun-soaked holiday in Greece' Culture Whisper

'A leisurely, large-hearted coming-of-age novel, earthy and innocent, nostalgic and beautifully rendered' Kirkus

'A dreamy, cinematic tapestry of Greek village life' NPR

Translated by Karen Van Dyck
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 08 Jul 2021
Dimensions: 134 x 197 x 23 mm
ISBN: 9780241475065