Greek-Canadian journalist, writer and novelist Justine Frangouli-Argyris, has gained great reviews for her book “High Heels for Six.” The book follows the story of a seventeen year-old girl, Julia, who is sent away from her home in the islands of Greece to distant relatives in Montreal, Canada. Julia turns her back on her past and becomes the wife of a wealthy French Canadian.
She accepts the pain of exile in order to survive, however she cannot forget her childhood friends, and decides to meet them again at the age of forty as they had promised when they were kids. The novel explores the six friends’ lives, analyzing the impact of feminism, and the place of women in modern society.
Justine Frangouli-Argyris draws inspiration from her own life in this semi-autobiographical novel, from when one of her friends was forced to leave from the island of Lefkada where they grew up. “The book is inspired by the tragic suicide of the father of one of our schoolmates from Lefkada. We woke up one morning to the news that Telemachus Papaminas (not his real name but the one used in the book) had stabbed himself in the bathtub. He was found drowned in a pool of blood by his young and only daughter. Our island was plunged into a ‘redness’ of the blood of this great man, our memories stained forever. Immediately afterwards, our classmate and her mother left the island,” the author said in an interview with the Greek newspaper Proto Thema.
Justine Frangouli-Argyris was born on the Greek island of Lefkada, where she completed her primary and secondary education. She graduated from Athens Law School Political Science Department, and since 1983 she has been working as a journalist for daily newspapers, radio, television and magazines.
Justine Frangouli-Argyris has been living and working in Montreal, Canada since 1989 as a correspondent for the Athens News Agency (ANA), and Greek newspapers such as Eleftherotypia and Ethnos. Furthermore, she has also worked for Greek-Canadian and American radio stations and publications.