A couple of weeks ago I woke up thinking about a man who is not my husband. He's someone I went out with over a decade ago and there was no reason he should have popped into my head, except: ...
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Family, folklore, fate.
These are the themes that shape my life—and my books and articles.
Lucky in Love
is a guide to planning a wedding that’s unique, meaningful, and, above all, auspicious, with the help of customs from all over the world.
It’s also the embodiment of some of my core beliefs: We have a lot to learn from the generations and cultures that came before us. We shape our own fate, but every life could benefit from a little magic. And, like love, luck multiplies when it’s shared.
North of Ithaka
My first book, a travel memoir, describes the ten months I spent living in Lia, the tiny Greek mountaintop village where my father was born and my grandmother was murdered, overseeing the rebuilding of my grandparents’ house, which fell into ruin after the Greek Civil War.
Maya Das is an Indian-American doctor who believes that her family has been cursed. Over the course of this novel she travels between New York City and India in an attempt to lift the curse, save her family, and forge one identity while torn between two cultures.
The Ladies of Managua
Inspired in part by my Nicaraguan grandmother-in-law, this novel, set in Nicaragua and New Orleans, follows three generations of Nicaraguan women as they explore their intense relationships to each other, and to their homeland.
The daughter of a Greek father and a Minnesotan mother, I grew up in Athens, Greece, and the suburbs of Worcester, Massachusetts—and became obsessed with cultural rituals and traditions along the way.
My fascination with cultural rituals, beliefs, and intermixing inspired me to study Folklore and Mythology when I went off to college at Harvard University. (You can imagine how un-thrilled my parents were with my choice of major!) Four days after graduation, I moved to New York to work in magazine journalism.
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Don’t just take my word for it! Read these nice things fabulous people have said about my books.
"Why do we wear white dresses? Eleni Gage explains this and much more in Lucky in Love: Tradition, Customs, and Rituals to Personalize Your Wedding.”
“A vibrant story about radical acts of womanhood.”
"This thoughtful book...helps you combine you and your partner's cultures and traditions to plan a wedding (and a marriage!) that's entirely your own."
"This charming read pairs bespoke illustrations with a ton of info on iconic wedding traditions. Breeze through the pages and choose a few to add extra meaning to your day."
From the blog
Travel articles, tried-and-true rituals, and everything in between.
The challenge of travel, for me, is time. My nostalgia vein runs deep, so I constantly want to return to the places I love, and when I'm there, I wander around narrating what makes each spot ...
It's the most wonderful day of the year: Lunar New Year. Although I'm not Asian and don't follow a lunar calendar, I can't help but get excited about this holiday because it involves so many ...
Sorry to disappoint you, but that is not the name of the next sun-splashed singing, dancing delight coming to a cinema near you this summer. It's a brief summary of the last week of my ...