Harry Dimitriou has travelled from his homeland of Cyprus to Australia in search of a new life for his family. As he works hard and begins to prepare a life and home for his wife Martha and two children, Martha struggles to leave her family and tiny village. On the journey to Victoria tragedy strikes and the combination of grief and culture shock prevents Martha from truly embracing the freedom and opportunities their new life offers.
Meanwhile, Harry and his daughter, Cinda, have made lifelong friends with widowed teacher, Ruth, across the road. Ruth takes them under her wing, but she has secrets of her own.
Tragedy, and mystery, strike the family once again and Cinda travels back to the village in Cyprus to visit her mother’s family. Here she uncovers many of the secrets her mother has been holding on to. As mysteries are solved at last, and ghosts laid to rest, our characters find their paths forward to new happiness.
In The Sunny Side of the Street, Maria Stefanidis immerses us in the small town village life of Cyprus, as well offering us a view into the lives of the post war immigrants in Australia, wrapped in an engaging story of overcoming guilt and tragedy and courageous new beginnings.
Reviewed by Kate Somerville, August 2015
Available from Sid Harta Publishers http://sidharta.com/au/