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My Xanthi
A Novella by Stephanie Cotsirilos

A Greek immigrant woman’s wartime secrets teach a criminal defense lawyer about love's triumph over injustice.

My Xanthi brings together the clashing worlds of cantankerous, loveable criminal defense lawyer Nick Milonas: southern California where he lives with his Korean-American wife and twin daughters, the suburban Midwest where his proudly assimilating family raised him during the 1950s and 60s, and the bloody Greek history his forebears and his second-most-beloved maternal presence fled. Heard through her posthumous letters, Xanthi’s loving, cynical, heroic voice triggers Nick’s slide into memory and long-held secrets – driving him to embrace the laughter and collapse of innocence among his lost loved ones, his clients, his conscience, and the daughters he hopes will greet their future with clarity and stubborn humanism.

My Xanthi takes an unflinching look at the human heart in upheaval – and at what endures.

My Xanthi
A Novella

by StephanieCotsirilos
Distributor: IngramSpark

Pub Date:  June 1, 2023

Paperback (206 pages)
ISBN: 979-8-218-17694-5

Cover Art: The Three Women: A Dilemma of Identity

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Feeling Strangely in Mid-Century Spanish and Latin American Women’s Fiction
Gender and the Scientific Imaginary

by Tess C. Rankin

The early twentieth century was awash in revolutionary scientific discourse, and its uptake in the public imaginary through popular scientific writings touched every area of human experience, from politics and governance to social mores and culture. Feeling Strangely argues that these shifting scientific understandings and their integration into Hispanic and Lusophone society reshaped the experience of gender. The book analyzes gender as a felt experience and explores how that experience is shaped by popular scientific discourse by examining the “strange” femininity of young protagonists in four novels written by women in Spanish and Portuguese: Rosa Chacel’s Memorias de Leticia Valle (published in Argentina in 1945); Norah Lange’s Personas en la sala (Argentina, 1950); Carmen Laforet’s Nada (Spain, 1945); and Clarice Lispector’s Perto do coração selvagem (Brazil, 1943). It pairs each novel with a broad scientific theme selected from those that captured the contemporary popular imagination to argue that the young female protagonists in these novels all put forth visions of young womanhood as an experience of strangeness. Building on Carmen Martín Gaite’s term chicas raras, Rankin proposes this strangeness as constitutive of a gendered experience inextricable from affective and material engagements with the world.

Feeling Strangely in Mid-Century Spanish and Latin American Women’s Fiction
Gender and the Scientific Imagin
by Tess C. Rankin

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

Pub Date:  December 1, 2023
Hardcover (
256 pages)
ISBN: 978-1837644742 (Hardcover)

eISBN: 978-1837645015 (PDF)

Cover Art: The Endlesss Light

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