Apple Falls From Apple Tree by Helen Papanikolas

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The title of Helen Papanikolas’ second collection of short stories, The Apple Falls from the Apple Tree, is taken from an old Greek proverb and speaks of the new generation’s struggle with the vestiges of Greek customs. Gone are the raw, overt emotions of the pioneers, their bold prejudices, and, especially, the haunting black fatalism of funerals. Yet their children retain much of their parents’ culture. Although they live far from the old Greek towns, we see their rivalries, envy of the successful, and hubris as they respond to their experiences of intermarriage, old age, and loss. The exoticism and color of immigrant life wanes as each generation that follows those first patriarchs and matriarchs becomes “more like the Americans.” These are stories of the long passage of immigration—from accommodation, to the straddling of two cultures, and ending with assimilation. They are stories of a particular people, but they could be about any people.

About Helen Papanikolas

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Helen Papanikolas lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is the author of "Small Bird, Tell Me: Stories of Greek Immigrants in Utah" and "The Apple Falls from the Tree: Stories.
Published September 15, 1996 by Swallow Press. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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""As the nicotanea scent floated off, she thought it was like those who had come into her life, been important and then were gone because she had been too busy and there was not the time, the energy to keep up with them."" The best short by far, ""If I Don't Praise My House,"" portrays a snobby w...

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