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Book By Author:  Paul Paterakis

A Greek American Tale:
 A Greek American Tale: "Paul & the Cursed Relationships"
 1462656617 978-1462656615

A Greek American Tale contains the contents of the life of a man named Paul Paterakis.  Join Paul on his adventures through growing up in two different countries, crashing a wedding, pranking a deaf lady, getting arrested, escaping a shark, cheating death, sleeping with a roach, battling depression, playing the field and maintaining relationships.  Life is all about the choices you make and the outcome that it brings.

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A rare male glimpse into the complex relationship patterns of a Greek American boy.


A Greek American Tale “Paul & The Cursed Relationships: Years 1-30”, written by Paul Paterakis, is not only an entertaining autobiography but also a rare male glimpse into the complex relationship patterns of an Greek American boy. Paterakis’ humorous writing style put me at ease right from the start. This was not going to be a stuffy, ego filled monologue. No, what followed was a story of a boy born in America with a strong Greek heritage who, like everyone else at young age, tried to fit in and make friends. Paul, even though young, had his eyes on the ladies. That is where his education started. An education that took 30 years and much heart aches.

As Paterakis writes on into his teens and early twenties, I was amazed how I was drawn into the book of such an ordinary life, an ordinary life full of girls starting with the letter M: Melissa; Meagan and Molly. Paul’s life, other than his work as a store manager, became a roller coaster ride starting with the 3 M’s. Most relationships have their ups and downs, but we rarely see it from the male perspective, as Paul points out himself; “Men generally do not like to talk about feelings, but usually it’s the job of the woman to get those talks started.” Good thing we see his inner thoughts throughout the book and that helps explain why things are what they are with the M’s and how the male species deals with it. Paterakis is a storyteller, and that is reflected in this solid piece of work. The question is, will Paul learn from these relationships? I hope we don’t have to wait until he is much older to find out.


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Author:  Paul Paterakis