An Excerpt from “The Greek Boy”

Last night at the Colorado Springs Writers Read Series, I read an excerpt from my short story “The Greek Boy”, which is about Lord Byron.

In the final months of his life, Lord Byron was preoccupied with two things: supporting the Greek struggle for independence against Turkey, and his fifteen year old page-boy, Lukas.

This story is not about the Greek War for Independence.

An Excerpt from “The Greek Boy” by Jesse Kuiken

Shortly before your life, like a letter, was completed, folded up and sealed; before the decision to join the Greeks in Missolonghi; before you left the dazzling amber shores of Cephalonia, you found the boy. Off the beach, his skinny brown limbs knotted round the fat branch of an olive tree. He was palming olives; putting them first to his lips and sucking lightly before drawing the whole fruit into his mouth. Continue reading “An Excerpt from “The Greek Boy””