Xeni is a first-generation Greek American, raised in the Greek Orthodox faith, and trained in all the essential skills of a traditional Greek housewife. She knows how to make any Greek dish scrumptious, but the one recipe she hasn’t mastered is how to make a baby―by virgin birth. Xeni is a lesbian and struggles daily to resolve what she wants with what she doesn’t―praying for a miracle.
Meanwhile, free-spirited Callie, who ended up with a baby conceived during a boozy one-night stand, is trying to bridge a cultural divide with Gus, her Greek American baby daddy, by learning to cook just like his mother. When Xeni spots Callie in the produce aisle selecting limp spinach and tofu for spanakopita, she’s compelled to offer her assistance. After all, food can create miracles, and they both need one. With undeniable chemistry from their first cooking lesson, Xeni and Callie sublimate their intense attraction to one another by creating mouthwatering meals.
But their good intentions are blown to shreds when Gus’s mother arrives from Greece and decides that Xeni, not Callie, would make the perfect Greek wife for him. Now Xeni must once and for all reconcile her religious beliefs with her sexuality—and decide which love is ultimately the higher power.
The Feasting Virgin is a delectable novel that is full of heart, humor, magical realism, and a veritable feast full of succulent recipes.
“Two women are drawn together through shared, sensuous experiences of Greek food and motherhood . . . a sexy novel that evokes the turmoil and pleasure of domestic life.” —Foreword Reviews
“A sensuous, delightful banquet of a book with characters as irresistible as a batch of warm, sweet loukoumades, dripping with honey. The Feasting Virgin, vibrating with passion, is an unputdownable joy.” —Julie Christine Johnson, author of In Another Life and The Crows of Beara
“The Feasting Virgin is wildly inventive, both moving and hilarious, and full of delicious surprise.” —Nina Schuyler, author of The Translator and The Painting
- Title: The Feasting Virgin
- Author: Georgia Kolias
- Release: 21July 2020
- Publisher: Bywater Books
- Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Lesbian, Magic Realism
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