WHITE VESPA

Kevin Oderman

An American expatriate hopes to quell his grief for a long lost son in the stillness of his photographs of the Dodecanese Islands. But soon friendship and then love for a woman wounded in her own family-born grief propel him toward life again, where stillness is set into motion and identity might be recovered, against odds, in a foreign place.

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An American expatriate hopes to quell his grief for a long lost son in the stillness of his photographs of the Dodecanese Islands. But soon friendship and then love for a woman wounded in her own family-born grief propel him toward life again, where stillness is set into motion and identity might be recovered, against odds, in a foreign place.

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  • Etruscan Press
  • Paperback
  • November 2012
  • 280 Pages
  • 9780983294498

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About Kevin Oderman

Kevin Oderman’s early literary essays led to writing How Things Fit Together (New England UP,) winner of a Bakeless Prize in nonfiction. From his travel experiences he wrote his first novel, Going (Vandalia Press) and his literary nonfiction about travel is currently being gathered into a volume, "Cannot Stay." Twice he has lived abroad as a Fulbright Fellow and has taught Modern American Poetry, as a Senior Lecturer at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a professor of English at West Virginia University. White Vespa is his second novel.

Praise

“. . . Oderman has a knack for keeping things moving and bringing the vibrant colors of the island to life.”—Publishers Weekly

“In language as clear and beautiful as the Aegean Sea itself, Oderman seamlessly weaves the tales of three Americans, each fleeing to a remote Greek island to escape the past that haunts them. White Vespa takes the reader on a journey of the senses: the smells and tastes of the Greek isles; the thrumming heat; the languid stroll of life; the sometimes painful stabs of memory when all you want to do is forget.”— Jeff Talarigo, author of The Pearl Diver