A stunning debut about a young Greek-American woman and the
history she shares with her mother and grandmother.
Imam is a recipe known throughout villages in Greece, handed down
from mother to daughter. If you come from these villages, your
history is passed on through your body.
Its full name is imam baildi, and it means the priest fainted.
Perhaps the priest was given a bit of bitter and sweet pleasure,
and the power of everything behind the dish pushed him off his
rock, just for a moment. Perhaps, when he was tumbling through the
air, sighing with fear and ecstasy, he saw a glimpse of a new life
Layered with love affairs, family squabbles, poignant
misunderstandings, moments of wonder, and more, The Priest Fainted
is nothing less than the recipe for a young Greek-American woman's
life. Using her imagination and the stories passed through her
bones as ingredients, Catherine Temma Davidson bls memories, Greek
myths, recipes, and family gossip to uncover a hidden history,
which is the story of one woman's year in Greece as it crosses and
doubles back over the lives of her mother and grandmother.