Zeitlin applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me, and reported the following:
On page 69 of Sophomore Year is Greek to Me, Zona asks her dad to explain why Greece's economy is in such distress, which he does, broadly. I actually think this page does encapsulate a lot of the biggest elements of the book. First of all, Zona's close relationship with her dad is very significant, both to Zona's character development and the story as a whole. The idea of family - and what makes a family - is a central theme in this novel. Greece itself is an important character in the book; Zona grew up totally disconnected from the country her mother came from, and her journey is about discovering Greece the place as well as her personal Greek roots. Finally, the reason the Lowells move to Greece in the first place is so Zona's dad can write an article about the Greek economy (the very article he is researching on page 69!) and Zona's aspiration to also become a professional journalist is a major plot point. Greece, family, writing... this page has it all!Visit Meredith Zeitlin's website.