I was very excited when I found out that her third novel; The Thread was a return to the Greek setting. I read it over the weekend and have been entranced once again by her writing and her ability to paint such a vivid picture and to create such realistic characters.
The Thread is set in Greece's second city Thessaloniki with a prologue set in the present day. A young Anglo-Greek hears for the first time the story of his Grandparents and this story starts in 1917. A fire rages out of control and most of the citizens are left homeless. A baby boy is born that night and The Thread follows the story of that child - Dimitri Komninos. As a small boy Dimitri plays on the street with Katerina who is a refugee from Asia Minor, she fled when the Turks invaded her homeland.
This is a story of long-lasting, enduring love. It is also the story of a nation and particularly a city. Following the turbulent events of the twentieth century. Fires, wars, invastions, dictatorship and earthquakes this country and it's people went through so much. There are heartbreaking scenes within the story - the brutality and violence that happened during the German occupation - the fierce civil war and fighting between the Government and the rebel communists.
Ultimately a love story, this is also a story of survival and of bravery, of passion and at times of brutality and such great sadness.
As in her previous novels, the modern day prologue and epilogue tie up the historical story. It's a neat way of letting the reader know how history influenced the present for the characters.
I was bewitched from page one, and The Thread is most certainly going to be one of my Top Five reads of 2011.