Summary

Katerina inherits a spice box after her grandmother Mariam dies. It contains letters and a diary written in Armenian. Katerina learns that Mariam's childhood was shattered by the Armenian tragedy of 1915. Exiled from her home in Turkey and separated from her beloved brother, Mariam's life was marred by grief. Katerina tries to find resolution in her own life as she completes Mariam's story on a journey that takes her across Cyprus and then half a world away to New York.
©2015 Eve Makis (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
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Critic reviews

"Makis translates the darker sides of domestic life into engaging, vibrant prose." (Good Housekeeping)
"Her observations are consistently sharp and keep you engaged to the uplifting end." (Daily Express)
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5 out of 5 stars
By anasta on 26-02-18

What a story!

Where does The Spice Box Letters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favourite so far....by a long mile.It is a brilliant book....I can thoroughly recommend it.

What did you like best about this story?

The story spans generations of a family....but personalises the many years' breadth by telling the story from the point of view of just two or three characters - giving it depth and resonance.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where Gabriel and his long-suffering wife are "entertaining" their dear granddaughter's future husband and his family is hilarious! It paints a picture of the irascible Gabriel and his steely strong character - but the details of the scene [the description of the special feast made especially for the special visitors] make it so vivid and enjoyable.I rather think the elusive snake in Gabriel's garden may be his past "personified"...he can never actually find it - it is always hiding.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! If only I had had the time to do this....but I managed to do it in just a few sittings.

Any additional comments?

The book comes alive with the description of life in one village just before the Armenian Genocide and what happens to one particular family. The story's events unfold in many cruel ways and, because it is written from the point of view of two/three main characters from different generations, we can see how what happens to the family and how it affects their attitude to their past and then to their future.Eve Makis paints the picture of such a "never-ending story" excellently - both through the "plot" of the circumstances the characters find themselves in - and the importance of the characters' feelings about their family and, of course, the Armenian people. She tells the story so well, it made me feel like part of this family. I cared very much what happened to the characters. And - the sign of a good book - I did not want the story to end!

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