In this warmhearted and luminous collection of his nonfiction writings, Mr. Petrakis carries his readers on an odyssey that spans a lifetime, from the intimate province of the family, to the dangers and rewards of the community, to the pleasures of the larger world. Readers of his work over the years know they will not only see the landscape and the people but come away with a greater understanding of how dreams and memories play a revelatory role in our lives. "I have often thought what a wonderful basketball team would be formed from Petrakis's characters. Every one of them is at least 14 feet tall."-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Twice shortlisted for the National Book Award, Harry Mark Petrakis has written affectionately of the Greek-American experience for almost forty years. His celebrated novels and short-story collections include A Dream of Kings, Lion at my Heart, Pericles on 31st Street, The Hour of the Bell, and Ghost of the Sun. He lives and writes in Chesterton, Indiana, outside of Chicago.