Kiki Denis






Winner of the First Annual Gival Press Novel Award
The Last Day of Paradise


Nominations:
2007 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award
2007 First Novelist Award/Virginia Commonwealth University
2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice-Fiction
2007 Independent Publisher Book Award for General Fiction
2007 Writers Notes Book Award for General Fiction
2006 Pushcart Prize
2006 PEN / Faulkner Award for Fiction
2006 Hemingway Foundation / PEN Award
2006 Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers
2006 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year for Fiction-General
2006 National Book Award for Fiction
2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize/Mercantile Library Center for Fiction




Reviews:

"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



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"...the older era was more interesting and read like good fiction. The novel at times was very engaging and the story moved at an enjoyable pace...."
—Lauren Segelbaum

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Praise for The Last Day of Paradise:

"Kiki Denis's debut is a slippery in-your-face accelerated rush of sex, hokum, and Greek family life. A little bit Eurydice, a little bit Chick-lit, with non-stop riffing on reality, time shifting, and the sheer punk roar of wordplay. She possesses the bent prowess of a metallic panther. I love the magic in her over the top writing."

—Richard Peabody, Judge for the contest and Editor of Mondo Barbie




Biography:

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, which she anticipates completing by the end of 2006.


Photo of Kiki Denis by Yiannis Tsiounis.