PLACE FOR US
power of a memoir, the emotional density of a novel."
New York Times
"The gods continue
to smile on Nicholas Gage, a writer who knows how to tell a good
story and, even better, has a good story to tell...A Place for Us
completes the emotional symmetry that began with Eleni...Gage
writes with little separation between his intellect and his senses...(He)
relives his father's American dream more passionately than his own.
The author's exploits are subordinated to the old man's...(whose)
death at age 90 provides a classic resoution...that echoes Chekhov."
Place for Us is a touching look at an immigrant's life in a harsh
new country...filled with humor, anger, jealousy, and love...More
than a worthy successor to Eleni, it
is a testament to the iron will of the American immigrant and his
detrermination not only to find a place in his adopted land, but to
make that land the better for his being there."
"A work that is both heartwarming
and gut-wrenching, a marvelous memoir."
mysterious quality is that makes a writer soulful, Nicholas Gage
has it...remarkably passionate and vivid...One of the most heart-warming
books you'll ever read."
"Full of humorouos,
ironic, sad touches, this extraordinary, moving saga reflects one
family's attempt to balance assimilation with the preservation of
for Us continues the story of Eleni's children, their...cultural
journey from an essentially medieval village to a world of factories,
rock and roll and pizzarias...a tale of success and accommodation...(that)
subtly traces the binding power of...family pride...A Place for
Us honestly, generously and often wittily portrays Greek life
in this country."
many gifts to the reader---a sense of family that is almost gone
today, an understanding of the immigrant's struggle that will not
be told as well until the Asians, the Hispanics conquer English.
But his final gift is (his father) Christos, as guileless as he
is graceful, able until the day he dies to balance a fill wine glass
on his head when he dances at weddings."