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The Priest Fainted: A Novel

by Catherine Temma Davidson

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With all the skill of Arachne, Catherine Temma Davidson weaves together her story with those of her mother and grandmother. This book was especially meaningful to me. My grandmother's family comes from the same part of northern Greece as the author's, and I've certainly made more than my share of bad choices in life before finally finding my own voice. ( )
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Catherine Temma Davidson's roots as a poet are immediately apparent in the lyrical prose style she adopts for her first novel, The Priest Fainted. Describing the lives of young girls in Greece, where the unnamed narrator has come for a year, Davidson writes: "Girls helping their mothers to prepare simple meals acquire an unspoken knowledge in their palms and fingers. If you come from these villages, you must find your history in your body." Larissa, the Greek village she visits, "sweats in the plains, dusty and sedentary. Like a promise, the peaks rise in the distance, garlanded in gorges and wild onions, goats and streams." This closely autobiographical novel follows the fortunes of a 21-year-old Greek-American woman as she returns to the land of her foremothers and reimagines their lives and her own in terms of classic Greek myths. Food, (the book's title is the name of a popular eggplant dish), mythology, religion, and feminism are just a few of the themes Davidson's heroine touches on in the course of her year in Greece as she caroms between the personal (her Greek relatives, an affair with a Greek-American basketball player) and the political: the circumscribed lives of women down through the years. By the end of the book, the narrator has realized that no individual life story exists in a vacuum; in order to understand ourselves, we must understand those who came before.

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A Greek-American woman travels to the land of her ancestors and discovers that while she resembles them, she is not one of them. The narrator is a third-generation American who finds a job in Greece as a reporter for an American news agency and after several romantic affairs returns to America. A first novel by a poet, author of Inheriting the Ocean.… (more)

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