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A Forgotten Recipe A Novel about the Greeks of Istanbul

UNPUBLISHED . . . the image is decoration only, not a book cover.

Represented by: Cullen Stanley International

Novel Status: UNPUBLISHED (the illustration is decoration only)

Title: A Forgotten Recipe

Genre: Upmarket, contemporary novel with historical background

At a café beside an overgrown cemetery, a group of Greek friends meets daily to uphold the centuries-old tradition of afternoon tea. When 32-year-old teacher Daphne Badem, an American of Greek descent, shows up at the café, suave septuagenarian Fanis Palaiologos and shy, middle-aged pastry chef Kosmas Xenidis, both determined to find a wife of their own kind, fall for her.  Kosmas enlists Fanis's help in making himself over.  Believing that playing the matchmaking confidant will give him an advantage, Fanis gives Kosmas courtship pointers-without, however, divulging any of his best secrets.  As this double courtship progresses, Fanis is troubled by his recent diagnosis of vascular dementia and also haunted by visions of his fiancée, who committed suicide after being raped during the 1955 pogrom.  Kosmas struggles to overcome his mother's and his own prejudices when he learns that Daphne's father is not Greek, but a Muslim Turk.  Daphne is charmed by both men but has reached a crossroads in her life: she must choose between Istanbul and Miami, her American boyfriend and her new suitors, her parents' fears and her own hopes. Throughout the novel, Kosmas searches for the recipe of an extinct pastry called the balkanlik: an eclair filled with differently flavored creams that represent the Balkan peoples and their ability to live together in harmony.

Novel Length: 90,000 words

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