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A captivating and transporting travel novel, Scorpionfish reveals how what we leave behind may be exactly what we've been looking for all along.After the unexpected deaths of her parents, young academic Mira returns to her childhood home in Athens. On her first night back, she encounters a new neighbor, a longtime ship captain who has found himself, for the first time in years, no longer at sea. As one summer night tumbles into another, Mira and the Captain's voices drift across the balconies of their apartments, disclosing details and stories: of careers, of families, of love.For Mira, love has so often meant Aris, an ex-boyfriend and rising Greek politician who has recently become engaged to a movie star. There is, too, her love for her dear friend Nefeli -- a well-known queer artist who came of age during the military dictatorship -- as well as Dimitra and Fady, a couple caring for a young refugee boy.

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Natalie Bakopoulos

Natalie Bakopoulos is the author of SCORPIONFISH (Tin House, 2020) and THE GREEN SHORE (Simon & Schuster, 2012) , which takes place in Athens and Paris between 1967 and 1973. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, VQR, The Iowa Review, The Common, The Mississippi Review, Tin House, Ninth Letter, Salon, Granta, Glimmer Train, The Millions, The New York Times, and in other publications, as well as in the 2010 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Her book reviews appear regularly in the San Francisco Chronicle. She received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan, has received fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars, and the MacDowell Colony, and she was most recently a 2015 Fulbright Scholar in Athens, Greece. She is currently an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit and a faculty member of Writing Workshops in Greece.

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