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.
he stepped off the ship in New York harbor, Nick Gage was a nine-year-old
boy who knew no English but he quickly learned the language of his
new country and, encouraged by a junior high school teacher, began
to write. He won a scholarship to Boston University's School of
Public Communications, and in 1963 he received the Hearst Award
for the best college journalist from John F. Kennedy at the White
House. In 1964 Gage earned a master's degree from Columbia University's
Graduate School of Journalism and began a reporting career that
took him to The Associated Press. The Boston Herald Traveler, The
Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, where he worked from
1970 to 1980 as an investigative reporter and a foreign correspondent.
During those years he wrote three books on organized crime and two
novels and received the Newspaper Guild's Page One Award and the
Sigma Delta Chi prize for his reporting.
Gage with Jackie Callas, Maria's older sister, and her
husband, Dr. Andreas Stathopoulos, at their home in Athens
left the Times in 1980 to fulfill a lifelong ambition and write
the story of his mother's life and death. The book, Eleni,
published by Random House in 1983, was a Book-of-the-Month Club
main selection, was nominated as the best biography by the National
Book Critics' Circle, and he was awarded the Heinemann Prize for
best book of 1984 by the Royal Society of Literature of Great Britain.
The motion picture Eleni, starring John Malkovich and Kate Nelligan,
was released in 1985.
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