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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Chrissie Triantafillou is your average Greek girl growing up in Melbourne in the 1980s. Dark hair, art student, bit of a princess. Other distinguishing features: she has no sense of smell, has been cursed by her mother, and is passionately in love with her cousin George.
To further complicate things Chrissie has a boyfriend, with whom she is about to move in, and George has
Published 2012
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Debbie Robson
I grew up in the sixties and seventies on the Northern Beaches of Sydney where Italian and Greek families ran the local greengrocer shop, fish and chip shop and takeaway milkbar. My best friend in primary school was Suzi Lentini and one day her parents visited the school and she had to translate for them. I thought she was the smartest girl in the world. And when a Greek man sang Young Girl to me (something an Australian born man would never do) I thought that's it I'm travelling overseas as soo ...more
Feb 27, 2013 Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Won this in a First Reads Giveaway. Received my copy on the 18th February 2013, which was a nice surprise to come home from work to.

Really really enjoyed the novella 'All Windows Open'. It wasn't too long, was told in short, snappy chapters from various character viewpoints and didn't lose the momentum it built up from the beginning.

I enjoyed the little tidbits of information about Greek traditions, superstitions and lifestyle, including some recipes and also found the descriptions and meaning
Jennifer Douglas

All Windows Open and other stories brings with it a piece of Australian fiction that tantalizes and speaks of women, the world, their dreams and their desires. Hariklia Heristanidis takes the reader on the separate journey within each story but on a heartfelt road of intrigue within the book as a whole. So this is life and love from a Greek woman’s point of view.

I am not usually a short story person, preferring to sink my mind into a journey with length, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed m
"All Windows Open" is a recently published book that includes a namesake novella and a collection of short stories each running about 10 pages long. To summarize the group would be to say that they all deal with longing, lust, and desire, sometimes fulfilled, often times not.

The novella is dual narrated by lovesick Chrissie and the widow Magda who knows everyone's secrets, both those spoken and those surmised. The author Hariklia Heristanidis has created a genuine neighborhood of people who inte
I can truly say I loved these stories. What an entertaining cast of characters. I found them all funny, warm and very real. I have a soft spot for All Windows Open and really loved learning so much about Greek culture, so many superstitions! I also enjoyed Mrs Mavros' character very much. Would love to read more from this author.
This book is full of a bunch of short stories. I haven't read a lot of short stories before but they are great when you don't have the time to sit down and really read. I also really enjoy learning about other cultures and the Greek culture I find very interesting.

I won a free copy of this book on GoodReads.
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Hariklia is a Melbourne-born writer and blogger. Her parents were Greek migrants, both born in northern Greece to Pontic Greek refugees.
Her novella and short story collection, "All Windows Open and Other Stories" was Shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, in the Community Relations Commission for a multicultural NSW Award.
In 2011 she was the winner of the Lord Mayor's Creative Wr
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