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The People in Between: A Cyprus Odyssey

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A family's history is shaped by the conflicts during the 1960s and 70s in Cyprus.

Kiraz Nora Johansson and her twin brother never knew their mother who died while giving birth. By invitation of a family friend she travels to Cyprus and discovers her family's past. Through a history that was nearly lost to her and her troubled brother, she learns what it means to love and be
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published June 18th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Chrissie
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
OK, I liked the book. It is a primer on the conflict that began in Cyprus in the 1950s. The book covers the historical events through to the Annan Plan and the Greek Cypriot membership in the European Union. That is what what I wanted when I picked up the book, and that is what I got. The fictional story woven around the historical events was too contrived for my tastes. A cute little love story and a father who finally speaks of his past, a family that became united. The father is dying, so bef ...more
Sanela Jurich
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love reading books like the one I just finished - The People in Between by Gregory S. Lamb. This particular story has everything: history, romance, painful past, and mystery. It's very well written. The characters are likable and believable.
The main character is Nora. She has an amazing job that takes her all over the world, giving her great opportunities to visit other countries, to meet people from all over the world and to help the ones who are less fortunate than us.
The story
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Julie Powell
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written story that highlights what happens when countries fight - especially to the 'people in between'. In the search for power, doctored by a myriad of misconceptions and misunderstandings, the tenacity of politics and the struggle for who is right, the 'ordinary' people are left behind to pick up the pieces and, to me, become extraordinary.

The main characters in this book are believable and bring the reader into the very personal way in which 'war' affects every generation.

I do
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David Felder
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished "The People In Between: A Cyprus Odyssey" and thought it an ambitious first novel for Gregory S. Lamb. His writing craft is top notch and the story is literally dripping with details of the nation that he obviously has a tremendous love for.

I say the book is ambitious in that it tries to do too much. It tries to be a saga about a family, a story about a love affair and a report about the history of a nation, all squeezed into a single short volume. Think James Mitchener, squeezed
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Lela
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
It amazes me that I am rating a debut novel with four stars and would consider 5 stars with some editing and proofreading. The story of Cyprus and the Cypriot people is compelling and Mr. Lamb tells it very well. There was obviously a great deal of research and a great deal of passion in his work. I like the way he shows that whether or not one is Turkish or Greek Cypriot there has been destruction and sorrow in your history. And, I am encouraged that there is some hope for the Cypriot natives t ...more
Susan Rae
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novel was a difficult one for me to rate. At first I was going to give it 3 to 3 stars, but the characters stayed with me, haunting me, much like the Cypriot people who lost their lives and had their families torn apart during the political turmoil that Cyprus has experienced since 1964 haunt the main character. When a novel does that, it gets bumped up a notch.

With his first novel, Lamb has taken on an ambitious task. The novel’s description states that it is both a romance and a historic
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Riley Banks
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have quite mixed feelings about this book.

It is an exceptionally well-researched book; the author has done a marvellous job of recreating the complicated history of Cyprus and weaving it into a contemporary setting. The descriptions are artful masterpieces, describing Cyprus in such gorgeous imagery that you almost feel you are there.

I really enjoyed the unfolding love story between the main character, Nora and the Cypriot man she falls for. I even enjoyed the slow (often painfully so) unfur
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Madi Preda
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Madi by: Gregory S Lamb
The People in Between: A Cyprus OdysseyThis is a family’s history shaped by the conflicts of 1960’s – 1970’s in Cyprus. The book is structured in many subplots; the beautiful and descriptive settings of north and south of Cyprus and the life there in the modern days, a bit of history and the turbulent troubles of those years, the emotional attachment of people lives, people who suffered the loss and endured the turmoil of becoming refugees and the love story of Nora Johansson who embarks on an a ...more
Rebecca
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from Goodreads Firstreads.

I didn't know much about Cyprus before reading this book, but now I can confidently say I know a bit of the island's history and struggles. This is a great first novel that tells a compelling tale about a family's connection to Cyprus, as well as to each other.

As other reviewers have mentioned, this novel tries to tell many different stories in 300 short pages. It not only discusses Cypress' history; it has romantic aspects and it
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Tom
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read Mr. Lamb’s book “The People In Between: A Cyprus Odyssey” and loved it. I found myself completely engrossed in the characters and their lives, and eager to learn more about the history of Cyprus. His description of the Cyprus landscape and the people is both beautiful and memorable. I hope to someday to get a chance to visit Cyprus and meet the people, and when I do I hope their country is no longer divided. As Mr. Lamb shares through the character of Sven Johansson there is a lot to ...more
Valerie
Dec 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but I'm surprised by all the raving reviews. Dialogue is stilted, poor grammar and punctuation, and characters are not compelling. Enjoyed the small bits about history and conflict.
Ann Balmforth
May 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
An interesting plot but badly written in terms of both grammar and the linking of ideas.
James
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good story
Recommended to James by: goodreads giveaway
Very well written. Won via Goodreads Giveaway.
Fran
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The People In Between: Gregory S. Lamb

As the story opens you hear the voice of one young girl as she hopes to find her young sister. Running through the streets dodging the exploding bombs and the sounds of automatic rifles that filled the air, Hanife Yilmaz hopes to find her mother, father and younger sister before it was too late. Looking for her mother, she went in search of finding her but when the harsh reality set in what she found caused her to cry in horror, freeze in place and realize w
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Fran
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The People In Between: Gregory S. Lamb

As the story opens you hear the voice of one young girl as she hopes to find her young sister. Running through the streets dodging the exploding bombs and the sounds of automatic rifles that filled the air, Hanife Yilmaz hopes to find her mother, father and younger sister before it was too late. Looking for her mother, she went in search of finding her but when the harsh reality set in what she found caused her to cry in horror, freeze in place and realize w
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Athena
Jun 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately very poorly written, I couldn't finish the book. I'm a Greek Cypriot who appreciates the complex history of this island. I felt that the writer did a very poor job of capturing the issues with very shallow characters. There were also gaps in the book which made it difficult to follow the characters' journey ...
Jaknico
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of us have heard of the “wee troubles” in Ireland, but few of us know anything about the troubling times that have persisted in Cyprus over the last 50 years. Having lived on the island and studied its history extensively, Mr. Lamb aims to give the reader an objective snapshot of this tragically divided country. He does so beautifully in this gratifying story with its big heart.

A series of events turns a visit on Cyprus into a quest for the novel's protagonist, Nora, a young American who i
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Georgiann Hennelly
This is an exceptional story of what happens when countries fight- and what happens to the people who are in between they are left to pick up the pieces and begin again.Kiraz Nora Johensson and her twin brother never knew theier mother she died after giving birth. A family friend invites her to visit Cyprus and she discovers her familys past. Through a history that was nearly lost to her and her brother, she learns what it means to love and she forever becomes tied to Cyprus and its people even ...more
Lainie
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I first like to say that I won this book from Goodreads First Reads Giveaways. Before reading this book I knew nothing of Cryprus. I have learned a lot from just reading this. A very interesting and informative book. Those with a special interest in this area, a must read.
Lou Wooten
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
i enjoyed this book very much from beginning to ending...i couldn't put the book down
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Gregory S. Lamb is semi-retired. He studied Geography as an undergraduate, earned his Masters Degree in International Relations, and was awarded a fellowship in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Lamb's writing career began as a passion and past time during his youth and undergraduate education. His formal writing career shifted to technical writing during his professional
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