As Cassia investigates the workings of her extended family, she finds that much of its vitality has resulted from the colorful members in her father’s generation who freely chose to join in. She could say their role was as important as the siblings who were born into the family.

Her father, her uncle Graham, and aunts Pia and Yin all advance the family fortune. It’s a powerful ring, one where they all get along together. Is it too much to expect? Or more good luck?

And then the cracks appear.

So what about herself, her brothers, and her cousins? What will they do with their legacy? Will their spouses even relate?

She and her best friend forever Sandra just may hold the key to the family’s future, as long as they stand together. How important is family to them?


Here’s a bit of ancient history that’s no longer in the story:

Baba, Graham, and Pia land in this stew at a critical stage. Thea Nita tells me Dimitri and Barney haven’t always seen eye to eye in running the restaurant, meaning tensions are inevitable. She’s usually too busy at the newspaper to pitch in much, other than keeping them from each other’s throats. It’s all they can do to keep some sort of home life going together.


I could look at any number of groups I’ve been active in and point to individuals who manage to moderate opposing positions. Maybe it’s inevitable that strong feelings will erupt from time to time – and bitter hurts, too.

Sometimes there are good reasons for one side to be pressing the other side, too – especially if someone doesn’t step up to carry his share of the work or pay what she promises. Things like that.

Who do you most admire in your family? What role do they play for you?


Souvlaki grilling at the New Jersey Greek Festival in Piscataway in 2011. (Photo by Richard Arthur Norton via Wikimedia Commons.)

Cassia’s family would have had scenes like this.

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