The Last Day of Paradise
Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award - 2005.
Honorable Mention at the Hollywood Book Festival 2007.
The Last Day of Paradise, the first novel by emerging writer Kiki Denis, a Greek educated in the United States, tells the colliding stories of the teenager Sunday and her mother Chrysa. Denis has all the right instincts to tell a kaleidoscopic coming-of-age tale.... ...the characters are intriguinlgy kooky.... ...the jagged language sparkles with beautiful riffs like 'love is boiling hot, velvety red and infinitely massive,' adding sizzle to the palette of weirdly tender characters and pastoral scenes.... This is fascinating territory...." —Kathimerini English Edition, Greece, 1/25/2007
"... a novel with wit and attitude to spare...her debut is a captivating and wild-tongued tale." --Dean Bakopoulos, author of Please Don't Come Back from the Moon
"Reading this novel is like watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding with commentary by Roseanne Barr." --Thaddeus Rutkowski, author of Tetched
Kiki Denis was born in Greece and came to the United States in 1990 when she obtained a full scholarship from Mount Holyoke College (MHC). After receiving her BA in 1994 in philosophy and economics from MHC, she moved to Exeter, England where she completed her MA in psychology from the University of Exeter in 1996. In 1997 she moved to New York City and started writing short stories, poetry and working on her first novel entitled The Last Day of Paradise which she completed the fall of 2004. Currently she is working on her second novel, entitled Noble Silence, and a poetry collection entitled The Cycle of Consciousness.