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FRAMINGHAM – A Framingham publishing company has a new book release, which includes a New York City author, a Framingham editor, and a Framingham designer.

Sailing with the Wind of Freedom: Lascarina Bouboulis and the War for Greek Independence is by New York City author Katherine Kaye published by Damianos Publishing.

From the publisher “In March 1821, a ragtag group of Ottoman subjects in a remote corner of the Sultan’s vast empire makes a desperate bid to reclaim a long-suppressed national identity. United by courageous leaders, they wage war against the power that has occupied their country for over 350 years. One of these leaders, a woman known as Bouboulina, helps them build a naval fleet. Sailing into battle in her own flagship, she proves that her sleek warships can defeat the cumbersome Ottoman men-of-war. But the Sultan is amassing all his forces―on land as well as sea―to crush the Greeks. Can Bouboulina save the Revolution?”

The “historical novel about Lascarina Bouboulis and her role in the Greek War for Independence is inspired by the life of a woman who earned the title of ‘Admiral’ in the Greek navy. It transports the reader to the seemingly quiet island of Spetses, where dreams of freedom still lived in the hearts of the Sultan’s Greek subjects.”

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The author received her AB from Princeton University, her MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and an MPH from the Columbia School of Public Health.  After working with Save the Children’s programs in Asia for a few years, she returned to New York City and embarked on a long career with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“The book opens in 1786, at a fateful moment in the life of the 15-year-old Lascarina Lazarou.  Lascarina is the subject of much gossip; no one in her small village knows who her father is, and Lascarina’s mother takes care to guard this secret even from her own daughter,” according to the publisher. “Worse yet, Lascarina possesses skills considered highly inappropriate for a girl: she is a brilliant sailor and can read and write. When Lascarina competes in a hard-fought sailing race, she learns lessons that will stand her in good stead all her life. In addition, she discovers that, for one young man with an independent mind, a troublesome reputation is no obstacle to friendship. Lascarina passes into history with the name Bouboulina. She brings the battle for freedom to the door of the Sultan’s palace, winning help from a highly unlikely ally to whom she makes a momentous promise.  Using her own fortune, she builds a fleet of warships. The resourceful Bouboulina navigates the intrigues of the Russian and Ottoman courts and, with a cast of other colorful Revolutionary characters, rallies her countrymen to wage their War for Independence in 1821.”

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Edited by Brett Peruzzi, the book is illustrated by Dmitri Andreyev, with Rob Levine as designer.

The book is available in hardcover ($23.95) and paperback ($14.95).

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.