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On a beautiful Greek island, myths, magic, and a colorful cast of characters come together in a lushly atmospheric story about past and present, family and fate, love and dreams that poignantly captures the deep bond between an American woman and her Greek grandmother

The daughter of Greek immigrants, Daphne aspires to the American Dream, yet feels as if she's been sleepwal
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Harper (first published January 1st 2014)
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Carina
Apr 17, 2014 Carina rated it did not like it
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Morana Mazor
Ovo je najbliže ljubavnom romanu, ali onom, onako tipičnom "prvo si mi antipatičan, a onda otkrijem da si čovjek mog života" ljubavnom romanu, koje ja, u pravilu, zaobilazim u širokom luku... Dakle, što se tiče same priče, vjerojatno bi roman ocijenila puno niže.. Daphne, porijeklom Grkinja, vraća se na otok svoga djetinjstva..sada je već majka ( i zaručnica) te se tamo, uz svoju baku i šuštanje čempresa, sjeća djetinjstva, nekih dragih ljudi, ali također sklapa nova poznanstva i dolazi do nekih ...more
Sandra Bašić
May 21, 2016 Sandra Bašić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Visoka ocjena zbog grčkog otoka i Ya-ye, a ja sam u glavi imala sliku drniškog krša i svoje drage bake Mande, valjda mi je zato baš "sjela".
Katie/Doing Dewey
Mar 28, 2014 Katie/Doing Dewey rated it it was ok
Starting this book, I was very excited. The plot about a woman finding herself appeals to me and it became clear very early on that magical realism was going to play a role in this story as well. The place descriptions were hit or miss for me, but the author did a great job capturing the main character’s feelings as a little girl. This made sense because the author has mentioned that she drew on her own childhood experiences when writing the book. I also loved the Greek culture that was included ...more
Ali
Apr 24, 2014 Ali rated it it was ok

When the Cypress Whisper – Yvette Manessis Corppron (2014)

April 28, 2014 by heavenali | Edit

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Received from Harper Collins for an honest review

This novel may have suffered for me from being read after three exceptionally good books in a row all of which are very different to this novel. However the fact remains I’m afraid, I didn’t much like this book. I had expected a light read, with a lovely setting, and it is both of those things – and I’m fairly sure there is nothing much w
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Tonkica
Na tristo stranica razvlaci na dugo i na siroko i onda u zadnjih tridesetak sve zbrcka i zavrsi. Ono sto je bitno tijekom cijele price, na kraju vise nije.. Previse ostavljenih pitanja u zraku koja su bitna za cijelu pricu.. Da nije bilo Yaye, ne bi imalo smisla niti citati! :P
A ljubavni dio price nisam osjetila.. Netko se volio?!
Πάνος Τουρλής
Η Δάφνη, γόνος Ελλήνων μεταναστών, επιστρέφει στο νησί των παιδικών της χρόνων, την Ερεικούσα, γα να παντρευτεί τον επιτυχημένο επιχειρηματία Στίβεν, άφθαρτο, ατσαλάκωτο, επιτυχημένο, λάτρη της οργάνωσης και businessman. Οι γονείς της έχουν ανοίξει ένα εστιατόριο στη Νέα Υόρκη κι εκείνη συνεχίζει την παράδοση. Μετά τον θάνατο του πρώτου της συζύγου, Άλεξ, μεγαλώνει μόνη την κόρη της, Εύα, ώσπου γνωρίζει τον Στίβεν. Το ταξίδι στην Ερεικούσα όμως θα αλλάξει για πάντα τη ζωή της.

Ένα υπέροχο, τρυφε
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Slađana
Oct 31, 2016 Slađana rated it it was amazing
Predivna knjiga s predivnom pricom iz koje mozemo nesto nauciti o pravoj, istinskoj ljubavi, te sitnicama koje su jako bitne i zivot znace, a mi ih nenamjerno preskacemo zbog nekih "bitnijih stvari". Saznajemo sto znaci obitelj i koje su njene vrijednosti za nas, saznajemo dosta toga o grckoj kulturi, te tradicionalnoj hrani koja se tamo priprema. Ma jako puno toga lijepoga, pa malo i tuznoga, vec kako i sam zivot ide. Citajte, necete se pokajati zbog utrosenog vremena koje cete potrositi citaju ...more
Selma
Apr 14, 2015 Selma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hejt jer nema nastavka!!!
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Διάβασα το βιβλίο αυτό περισσότερο από ενάμιση χρόνο πριν, όταν η κυρία Μάνεση δεν το είχε εκδώσει ακόμα στο εξωτερικό, και η άποψή μου γι' αυτό ήταν πολύ ξεκάθαρη. Ήταν ένα ευχάριστο στην ανάγνωσή του βιβλίο, μια ιστορία που έρεε σχετικά γρήγορα, αλλά χωρίς να μπορεί, ωστόσο, να με συγκινήσει. Διαβάζοντάς το σήμερα μεταφρασμένο στα ελληνικά, η άποψή μου δεν άλλαξε, παραμένει η ίδια, και θα έλεγα μάλιστα πως το κείμενο χάνει κάτι από την πρωτότυπη ιδιαιτερότητά του, αφού η συγγραφέας χρησιμοποιε ...more
Sarah Beth
I received an uncorrected proof copy of this book from HarperCollins.

This novel is about Daphne, the daughter of Greek immigrants, who is returning to the Greek island of Erikousa to be married. Daphne's parents moved to America with hopes of improving the chances for their daughter's life and spent decades working in a diner. Although Daphne's first husband died, she is now a successful chef and marrying a wealthy New Yorker. However, her fondest memories are of her childhood summers spent on
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Denise
Jan 25, 2014 Denise rated it liked it
3.0 out of 5 stars - Greek mythology come to life in this romantic tale set on the magical island of Erikousa, off the coast of Greece.

Daphne, a young widow with a little daughter, was raised in the Greek ways by her parents and beloved Yia-yia. She alternated between time in New York wit her hard-working parents and summers on the island with her grandmother. Now after years of struggle away in America setting up her famous restaurant, and with her parents also dead, Daphne feels the call to re
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Beth Feldman
Oct 11, 2013 Beth Feldman rated it it was amazing
A great book only comes along once in a while and in 2014, "When the Cypress Whispers" is destined to become that book. I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this beautifully written novel by author Yvette Manessis Corporon. The author effortlessly transports the reader back in time and to the present as you dive into the complex lives of Daphne, her Yia Yia (the Greek word for grandmother) and a fisherman who is fiercely protective of Daphne's grandmother. Blending Greek mytholo ...more
Emily
Το βιβλίο έχει μεταφραστεί και κυκλοφορήσει στα ελληνικά.
Ανήκει στα βιβλία που δεν με συγκινούν ούτε ως ιστορία, ούτε, πολύ περισσότερο, ως γραφή.
Η συγγραφέας έχει ελληνική καταγωγή αλλά ζει και διαπρέπει, αν κρίνω ότι έχει λάβει και κάποια βραβεία ΕΜΜΥ, ως σεναριογράφος στις ΗΠΑ.
Η ιστορία ήταν μία από τα γνωστά ίδια που έχουν κατακλύσει τα τελευταία χρόνια το συγγραφικό (;;;) στερέωμα ως γυναικεία λογοτεχνία (;;;). Μάλλον ως ρομαντική λογοτεχνία με ολίγον από ιστορική πατριδογνωσία. Αναμνήσεις
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Elizabeth
Dec 25, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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Shoshanah
Feb 09, 2014 Shoshanah rated it it was amazing
Considering that Greece is probably top of my list of countries I'm dying to visit, it's surprising that I so few books set there. I'm sure I've read books there that take place in ancient times, and the in the traveling pants books Greece did make a cameo. But this is the first book I can remember reading in modern day where Greece is where all the action takes, and with that, it's an amazing way to start.

In some ways I want to say that this book transported me to Greece, but that wasn't quite
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Andrea Guy
Jul 11, 2014 Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing
When The Cypress Whispers is truly one of the most beautiful and beautifully written works of women's fiction that I've read in quite a long time.

Yvette brings the Greek island, Erikousa and all its inhabitants to life. This is possibly the most vivid novel that I've read. I really felt like this book was a feast for all of the senses. Everything just came to life for me as I read.

I loved Yia-yia. She was the kind of grandmother that we all dream of having. Her relationships with Daphne and her
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Terri
Jan 25, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Original review found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the Harper publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is April 1st 2014.

This was a touching story about family ties and learning to truly live again after overcoming grief. The story of Daphne and her Yia-yia was touching and beautiful. The relationship between a grown woman and her grandmother that were as close as they were is wonderful
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Apr 01, 2014 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2014
3.5 stars."When the Cypress Whispers" is the story of Daphne, a woman who is struggling with her life. On the surface, she seems very successful. She runs a Greek restaurant in NYC and has a wonderful daughter. When she visits her grandmother in Greece, her grandmother has the uncanny ability to realize that things are not as they seem on the surface.

I enjoyed this book. It is a sweet love story mixed with a story of finding oneself and finding where you belong. It is a little predictable, espec
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Marina Maidou
Aug 22, 2015 Marina Maidou rated it liked it
When I saw this book, I found fascinating as a writing style and as a story. Erikoussa, a little island near Corfu island was a place I never knew it exists, and that it has a magical, silent personality. I found the characteres a little bit dramatic (too my-big-fat-greek-marriage stylish), but I could understand the tight bond between grandmother and granddaughter. There is everywhere the touristic sight of Greece (syrtaki, souvlaki etc.) but there is also the real view of the topic gastronomy ...more
Patricia
Apr 13, 2014 Patricia rated it liked it
A story about Daphne, a 30ish year old woman, who lives in New York, is the daughter of Greek immigrants, who returns with her young daughter to the Greek island, Erikousa, located near Corfu, to be reunited with her grandmother and family heritage, for Daphne's marriage to Stephen. While back amidst the cypress trees and sea, Daphne questions and learns what is important in her life, in a relationship for marriage, and with her little daughter Evie.
The plot explores love of different dimension
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Ellen Christian
Apr 02, 2014 Ellen Christian rated it it was amazing
I normally don’t read contemporary women’s fiction because it has never held my attention. However, When the Cypress Whispers is a unique blend of contemporary fiction, historical flashbacks and Greek mythology. I loved reading Daphen’s Grandmother’s stories from her past as she shared them with her granddaughter. I enjoyed learning Greek mythology as Daphne’s daughter was told the stories of Ariadne and Arachne. I could almost taste the Greek dishes that were prepared because the author describ ...more
Suzy Thomas
My absolute thanks to Yvette for this wonderful book, based on true events & so wonderfully written. Loved every minute of this amazing book, my yearning for Greece is so much stronger.
Beautiful, brought tears many times, will definitely be recommending to friends!

I grew up in New Zealand with a best friend whose Dad was from Cyprus - his Yia-Yia visited a number of times & she was everything that your Yia-Yia was - it was like stepping back in time. The Greek passion & simplicity, t
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Marietje
May 30, 2014 Marietje rated it really liked it
I recommend this gentle and wise summer read. I enjoyed the descriptions of the people on the small Greek island and their culture and traditions.The plot was psychologically believable I loved the protagonist, Daphne, because of her imperfections and her willingness to change her course. Bring this book to the beach! You won't be sorry!
Yvette Corporon
Oct 19, 2014 Yvette Corporon added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The best debut novel I've ever written
Lise Champagne
Dec 11, 2014 Lise Champagne rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the Greek history and the description of the island, the people and traditions but the story was a very predictable soap opera.
Fran Calloway
May 04, 2017 Fran Calloway rated it really liked it
I loved the setting and the Greek culture depicted throughout the book and I got to brush up on my Greek mythology. I loved this book up until the very end when, sadly, the ending is not as one would have wished. After falling in love with these characters and watching their relationships evolve and meld together, I felt cheated and let down at the outcome.
Cley
Oct 13, 2016 Cley rated it liked it
Interesting book full of traditions and a lesson of being true to yourself; authentic. However, it was too perfect at the end where girl meets boy and falls in love. A better ending would have been daphne and stephen working things out; perhaps not married but maintaining a long distance relationship honoring both of their traditions? Or she could have remained friends with Yianni; relationships don't always have to be romantic.
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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b>3.5 STARS
OH GREECE, how my heart calls out to you in silent whispers of longing. Will I be able to settle for reading about you in narrative instead? In an author's beautifully descriptive prose? Of your delicious scents, your peaks of blue, blue, sea, seen over lush hills of green. Your cobblestone streets, and masterfully crafted architecture. Wait..there was a story within the pages of When the Cypress Whispers ? *sigh*...sorry, I was literally lost in Erikousa.

This
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Keri
Aug 11, 2016 Keri rated it it was ok
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When The Cypress Whispers
Harper
April 2014

Yvette Manessis Corporon is an Emmy award winning writer, producer and author. She is currently a Senior Producer with the syndicated entertainment news show, EXTRA.

When The Cypress Whispers is her first novel.
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