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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,
Paperback, 247 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Invisible Publishing
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Jeff Dupuis
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is rare to discover such mastery of the form in a first novel. Escape Plans is the kind of book that both inspires young writers to attempt writing a novel and intimidates them, causing them to question whether they could hope to create such a sincere and moving work that will have a lasting impact on readers. Vlassopoulos perfectly crafts three distinct narrative voices that compliment each other and the story, resulting in a rich, page-turner that lingers in the mind long after you set it d ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reads like poetry
in fact, the poems woven into the text
read seamlessly.
A book of moments
and memories
(lost in time)
and of currents, somehow visible,
that run through generations.

I wore a slip to bed, which was kind of like a dress, not really lingerie, just something pretty I'd also purchased the day before. It reminded me of sea foam, airy and light. When I'd put it on, Peter's eyes had bugged out for a second. He touched my bare thighs first and kissed my shoulders.


"I bought this

in se
J. Moufawad-Paul
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elegantly written, tightly controlled multiple perspective narrative. Left me feeling melancholic, but in a good way. Looking forward to reading future work by Vlassopoulos.
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Escape Plans on my vacation. I thought the structure was perfect for the stories the writer weaved together. And it is remarkable how she made me identify strongly with each of the characters and made me eagerly anticipate the next chapter. I'm looking forward to her next book - whatever and whenever that might be.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked up this story at Word on the Street this year. It's an interesting narrative of three people: husband, wife and grown daughter. Their lives are separate but mirror each other so closely as they search for love and a place in the world.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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One of the most refreshing books I've read in a long time. Teri just knows how to piece together an amazing story. I felt invested in all three characters, and find it hard to pick which one of their stories I enjoy the most. People need to read this book, they won't regret it.
Kerry Clare
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good! Watch for a review on my blog this week!
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A quiet, beautiful novel by one of my favorite writers. "Everything made me cry in Paris." llu, Teri.
August Bourré
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3.5 stars

5 stars for the cover
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Teri Vlassopoulos is the author of the award-nominated short story collection, "Bats or Swallows" (2010), and a new novel, "Escape Plans" (2015). Her fiction has appeared in Room Magazine, Joyland, Little Fiction, and various other North American journals. She is the cookbook columnist for Bookslut, and has had non-fiction published at The Toast, The Millions and the Rumpus. She lives in Toronto.

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