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My story starts at the end - the story's as well as mine.
So begins The Book of Katherine, the harrowing narrative of a woman who struggled with mental illness throughout her brief life, and who, even though ultimately vanquished, lived and left her mark of humble glory thanks to love.
A family saga fraught with ominous secrets and mortal remorse, a mystery story revolving around an unthinkable murder and its two victims, and a plunge into the depths of a soul that haunts the reader with its twofold play of light and darkness.
But let's hear what Katherine herself has to say:
This book does not intend to hurt anyone but those who will read it. This book, they'll say, is filled with lies, with malicious inaccuracies; it is an attempt to sully the reputation of an entire family by a mind both unstable and rancorous, seeking to avenge the death it brought upon itself. Yet this is my truth, and everyone is free to choose the oblivion they desire, which comforts them - it is so if they think so. This book is tearing me apart. This book's purpose is to tear me apart, to cut me into pieces. It's in my pieces that I am whole.
And whoever hears her story will never forget it.
Petros Chatzopoulos (aka Auguste Corteau) was born in Salonica, Greece, in 1979. He has written and published novels, short stories, poems, novellas, literary reviews and children’s books. He has also translated numerous books by renowned authors like J.D. Salinger, John Updike, Sarah Waters, Cormac McCarthy, Anne Enright, Annie Proulx, Sebastian Barry and others.