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Book Launch for Maria Heckinger’s “Beyond the Third Door” at Angst Gallery
August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmfree
At 6 p.m. Aug. 22, the public is invited to celebrate the publication of Maria Heckinger’s memoir debut, “Beyond the Third Door,” during a book launch party at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St., Vancouver. The author will be present to read from and sign copies of her book.
“Beyond the Third Door” tells a story which straddles the fine line between blind luck and unexplained miracles. On a Greek island in 1952, 15-year-old Hariklea’s life is changed in an instant. Sent by her father to a doctor on the mainland, the girl discovers she is pregnant. Given the social taboos of the time, Hariklea is exiled to the streets of Patras, where she gives birth to her child in the most difficult of circumstances.
Thirty years later, carrying a handful of papers to translate, the orphaned child returns to Greece. Through sheer serendipity, Maria finds her birth mother, a woman with many secrets. What happens after their coincidental reunion makes this a story like no other.
Heckinger was born in Patras, Greece and raised in San Diego, California. She moved to Vancouver in 1981 where she lives with her husband Matt.