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This is an in-depth view of a young man's pursuit of identity as a Greek citizen and a Greek-American.

In this memoir,  Peter Manouselis takes you through a spiritual journey of self-discovery, which unfolds in Greece. The story begins in the U.S. as Peter says his final goodbyes before embarking to Greece where his father, who lives there, registered Peter as a Greek citizen. Given the opportunity to build a life in Greece, Peter committed to learning Greek culture and language, reconnecting with his father and fully participating in the responsibilities of a Greek soldier. With these experiences, he yearned to frame his purpose in life.


Peter is forthcoming in his conflicted emotions about his relationship with his father as well as other frustrations, disappointments and revelations. Throughout the book, Peter shares his appreciation for the picturesque scenes of Greece, delineating panoramic views of nature's bounty. With each trek, he describes his awe of the land, sea, olive trees and mountains.


The sky was cloudless and the sea placid and creamy. As the sun rose, wonderful hues of orange and red and yellow spread across the sky. I watched, awestruck, as the colors deepened in shade and the sun bathed the earth in a powerful radiance and the sea grew clearer.


Here are two examples of the many insightful gems embedded in the story:


The moment one says, 'You can't,' is the moment when greatness begins.

What if the cause of my utter confusion and rebellion was the fact I thought my only chance of success was to define myself.


Male bonding and machismo were strong elements of the book in terms of the army experience and interactions with women. But also evident was a sensibility about the value of emotional connection and shared dreams. I recommend the book to readers who love memoir, travel and stories about making peace with your family, your heritage and yourself.


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Gail has a project management background and specializes in writing for a corporate audience. For reading pleasure, favorite genres include contemporary fiction, memoir, novels, legal and medical thrillers, essays and short stories.

Chapter One

About the author

Peter Manouselis found his passion for writing during acting school at the age of twenty-seven. He was born and raised in a small town in Ohio, but his curiosity has led him to have lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Madrid, and Chania (Crete). view profile

Published on July 07, 2020

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100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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