Fourteen-year-old Andrew discovers his mother’s hidden diary at
his grandmother’s home during a Christmas gathering. His eyes are
opened to a family secret when he reads about her time as a nurse in
Salonika during the First World War, and the tragic love affair she
had with his father, a Greek officer who died in battle.
Four years later, Andrew is compelled to visit his father’s land and
trace his roots. What—and whom—he finds there will change his life
The Long Shadow is filled with descriptions of Greece and its people.
Dramatic images of battle and the terrible conditions endured by the
Allied Armies entrenched around Salonika in the “Birdcage” are
authentic and vivid. Greek music and dance play a vital role,
reconciling in Andrew the dichotomy of belonging to two very
different cultures and helping him to unite them in his heart and soul.