About Wounds Never Heal
This bittersweet coming-of-age novel, set in modern-day Greece, follows the life-changing experiences of three devoted friends: Katerina, a girl, tragically orphaned at birth; Yannis, a free spirit who manages to stand up to his drunken father’s beatings; and Errikos, a child prodigy, who utters his first words at the age of twelve. Against the backdrop of the history and political machinations of 20th- and 21st-century Greece and the significant historical landmarks in rest of the world, the three friends strive to survive in a world plagued by terrorism, police corruption, nuclear accidents, human trafficking, and AIDS as well as physical and sexual abuse.
The microcosm of the Athens neighborhood, where the three friends meet in elementary school, reflects all that is good and bad in the world: from the caring neighbors with their well-tended gardens to the derelict war veteran, derided by all but a few; from the conscientious district attorney and his loving wife, who adopt an orphan girl, to the evil trafficker in illegal immigrants. Colorful characters drift in and out of their lives as they grow and mature and learn about the world and about love. But as the three friends grow to adulthood, they all struggle, in one way or another, to hang onto their ideals to the bitter end.
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Manos Tsemperlis was born in Athens. He studied Political Science and Public Administration. He is dyslexic and he adores the books.