While lying on a beach in Greece with an accommodating female companion, a man called Petros Abatzoglou (who isn’t necessarily the writer) narrates the peculiar life and marriage of the fiercely independent Mrs. Freeman. His storytelling lays bare his own obsessions: food, booze, female attention, and his ideal woman. By turns digressive, tender, humorous, and pedantic, What Does Mrs. Freeman Want? is a both a narrative and an oblique confession (with breaks to refill the drinks).
Petros Abatzoglou (1931-2004) was born in Greece and raised during its Nazi occupation. After years of travel through America and Europe, he resettled in Greece and wrote novels, short stories, journalism, and radio scripts. What Does Mrs. Freeman Want? received the Greek National Book Award for 1988.