THE SPICE BOX LETTERS by Eve Makis / Women’s Fiction / Released Sept 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
Katerina longs to know why her grandmother, Miriam, refused to talk about the past, especially when she inherits a journal and handwritten letters stashed in a wooden spice box, cryptic treasures written in Armenian, Miriam’s mother tongue. On vacation in Cyprus, Katerina finds the key to unlocking her grandmother’s secrets and discovers a family legacy of exile and loss. Aged seven, Miriam was expelled from her home in Eastern Turkey and witnessed the death of her beloved brother Gabriel, or so she believed. Katerina sets out on a fact-finding mission across the island and solves a mystery that changed her life and lays the ghosts of her grandmother’s turbulent past to rest.
Based on real events that took place during the genocide, THE SPICE BOX LETTERS is a story of family, love, hope, and tragedy that is also rich with history. My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Sarah’s Key in this amazing story that weaves the past with the present and tragedy with redemption.
EVE MAKIS studied at Leicester University and worked as a journalist and radio presenter in the UK and Cyprus before becoming a novelist. Eve is a part time tutor in creative writing in Nottingham University. She is married with two children and lives in the UK and Cyprus.