Nicholas Gage is a writer who uses the dramatic events of his life in two cultures as the raw material for his books, from the exposes and novels that were based on his experiences as an award-winning investigative reporter to the memoirs about his family, Eleni and A Place for Us, which have won wide critical acclaim both in the United States and broad.

In his new book, Greek Fire, to be published by Knopf in October, Gage uses startling new information he has uncovered to tell the first and only full account of the fateful romance of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis and the woman who came between them---Jacqueline Kennedy, Gage was able to persuade close friends, relatives and associates of both Callas and Onassis to divulge secrets about the couple they had long kept to themselves, and to obtain some of Callas' most intimate private papers. Using all the new information he has uncovered, he has created a vivid dual biography, an illuminating saga of desire and loss about two of the most fascinating people of the twentieth century.

Merope Konialides, Onassis' sister, Mrs. Kostas Konialides and
Calliroe Patronikola with Nicholas Gage at an Onassis family wedding

Born Nicholas Gatzoyiannis in a remote Greek village in 1939, Gage fled to the United States ten years later with his sisters, after his mother was executed during the Greek civil war. In Eleni, Gage used his skills he learned as an investigative reporter for The New York Times to tell the story of how his mother arranged for her children to escape from their village, how she was tortured and executed in retribution by the guerrillas occupying it, and how he hunted down her killers thirty years later. The book won prizes around the world, was translated into 16 languages and was made into a motion picture.

Gage's subsequent book, A Place for Us, tells what happened to Nick and his sisters after they set sail for America to live with the father they had not seen in a decade. It is a definitive story of the modern immigrant experience, relating the triumphs, heartbreaks, and misadventures of the children as they try to assimilate to their new country and stern but well-meaning father.

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