Songbirds by Christy Lefteri: Thrilling story of complicated class dynamics

A novel about domestic servitude peels away the layers of Cypriot class-based society

Christy Lefteri: great sense of place

Christy Lefteri: great sense of place

Christy Lefteri is a writer for whom a sense of place always takes centre stage. She understands that the creation of substantial characters is bound tightly with the evocation of a clear and immersive environment. One cannot be done – or at least done well – without the other. 

In Songbirds, the divided Cypriot capital of Nicosia becomes the backdrop for a missing-persons case that raises questions about class, racism, money, motherhood and inequality.The story changes hands between Petra, a wealthy single mother, and Yiannis, a compassionate hunter who rents the apartment above Petra and her daughter Aliki. When Yiannis falls in love with Petra’s maid, their lives become tangled. 

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