“We enjoyed moving through the different settings of your novel and developed real bonds with Thair, Dita, and Phaedra. Your exploration of maternal relationships and female sexuality is nuanced and meaningful, which we always love to see as a feminist publisher.”
―Jennifer Baumgardner, former executive director/publisher of The Feminist Press and author of Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics
“Robeson makes her protagonist’s existential fretfulness about her future, and her feelings of uncertainty as she pursues a perfect romantic match, highly relatable. . . . Thair’s narrative will resonate with readers who are confronting their own unpredictable futures.”
“In her heartrending debut novel, Kimberly K. Robeson sets a quest for romantic fulfillment against an alluring Greek backdrop and a five-year journey of self-discovery. While documenting her family history and writing her own story, Thair engages in a string of relationships that ultimately helps her understand what she really wants. The Greek Persuasion explores the intricacies of sexuality, romance, and relationships. Robeson’s novel is an enchanting read from beginning to end.”
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Kimberly K. Robeson is a Greek-American Assistant Professor at Los Angeles Valley College. She teaches World Literature, Creative Writing, composition courses, and is the Co-Advisor for the college’s LGBTQIA+ Club. She lived half her life overseas: in Venezuela, Borneo, Greece, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, and Peru (and has visited another 20+ countries). The other half of her life has been in the United States. Most of her summers were spent in Kamena Vourla, a beach side town in Greece, where her yiayia and papou have a summer house. She has a voracious appetite for travel, enjoys yoga and the gym, and loves to read. Kimberly received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University. She has taught English in Greece, Peru, and the United States for the past twenty-seven years. Kimberly’s other passion, apart from teaching, is writing. Her debut novel, The Greek Persuasion, will be released in April, 2019. Kimberly has always been a storyteller like her yiayia, and Greece is always in her heart. She is happy to have found “home” at LAVC and in Los Angeles with her husband, Hugo, and their three bulldogs: Achilles, Oia, and Opa. But, one day, like Odysseus she hopes to return to the Motherland permanently.
The Sarawak headhunters wanted to kidnap me. They sought blonde babies, and I was the most beautiful baby she had ever seen. My mama told me this story for as long as I can remember. Obviously, she was seeing through mommy goggles because pictures of me at that time reveal a toddler with an alien-sized head, a non-existent nose, and a belly that matched Buddha's. Though headhunting rarely took place in the early 1970s and cute babies had nothing to do with their choice of head, to my mother's relief, we left Borneo when I was almost two years old . . . Read more
Consumed by a myth about Zeus, a magic sword, and soul mates, Thair Mylopoulos-Wright spends much of her adult life searching for her Other Half. At thirty-one, having recently separated from her long-time boyfriend, this Greek-American professor spends a summer in Greece. Alone on a tranquil island, she begins writing stories about her grandmother’s experiences in 1940s Egypt, her mother’s youth in 1960s Greece, and finally, her own life in contemporary America. She writes about the past to make sense of her future . . . Read more
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