Fiction. My father drowned in the Aegean Sea, fifty nautical miles northeast of the port of Piraeus. When it happened, my mother and I were at home in Toronto. It was early evening in Greece, afternoon for us, and I was at school when she found out. Niko Kiriakos, tentative heir to the ailing Calypso Shipping fleet, always suspected he was cursed. Following his sudden disappearance, his wife, Anna, and daughter, Zoe, are left adrift. Unmoored, they begin to test the boundaries of their lives, struggling with issues of loyalty, identity and what it means to be a family. Spanning years and tracing a route from Niagara Falls to Greece, ESCAPE PLANS is an unblinking look at the ties that bind us together and the things that pull us apart.
Teri Vlassopoulos is the author of the award-nominated collection Bats or Swallows (Invisible Publishing, 2006). Her fiction has appeared in Room Magazine, Joyland, Little Fiction, and various other North American journals. She lives in Toronto. ESCAPE PLANS (Invisible Publishing, 2016) is her first novel.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN