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My father drowned in the Aegean Sea, fifty nauticalÂ miles northeast of the port of Piraeus. When it happened,Â my mother and I were at home in Toronto. It was earlyÂ evening in Greece, afternoon for us, and I was at schoolÂ when she found out.
Niko Kiriakos, tentative heir to the ailing Calypso Shipping fleet, always suspected he was cursed. FollowingÂ his sudden disappearance, his wife, Anna, and daughter, Zoe, are left adrift. Unmoored, they begin to test theÂ boundaries of their lives, struggling with issues of loyalty,Â identity and what it means to be a family. SpanningÂ years and tracing a route from Niagara Falls to Greece,Â Escape Plans is an unblinking look at the ties that bindÂ us together and the things that pull us apart.
"Vlassopoulos has found a way to carry over the wide-eyed curiosity and innate goodness of childhood into the mysterious, often sad, often tragic world of adulthood."--Montreal Review of Books