Camille Cusumaro, editor of Greece, A Love Story, published by Seal Press, writes in her introduction to the collection of stories about the Greek experience that she visited that “isle-perforated land of scintillating whites and impossible blues” for the first time in 1976. She “drank ouzo and retsina, ate the unforgettable cream of yogurts and wrapped her tongue around few Greek phrases,” and thought she had experienced the culture. But when she began working with the stories of this anthology she was carried back to Greece and her perception of the place was broadened.
For those who have been to Greece some of the personal travel essays in Greece, A Love Story are likely to do the same; those who plan to go can explore inside views of the magical charm and appeal of Greece, and some of its idiosyncratic characteristics, as well.
For many visitors, Greece is a place where their lives were changed, and where they awakened culturally. As well as being a sharing of firsthand experiences the women’s essays go beyond ordinary travelogue to capture the ways in which the country has shaped their lives or influenced decisions.
Greece, A Love Story is the winner of BATW’s Best Travel Book for Planet Earth 2008, and Diane LeBow’s story Dancing on the Wine Dark Sea also won Best Story/Essay in a Travel Related Anthology.
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