The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey

The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey Author Dawn Anahid MacKeen
ISBN-10 0544811941
ISBN-13 9780544811942
Year 2017-01-24
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Mariner Books
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A New York Post Must Read Part family heirloom part history lesson The Hundred Year Walk is an emotionally poignant work powerfully imagined and expertly crafted Aline Ohanesian author of Orhans Inheritance This book reminds us that the way we treat strangers can ripple out in ways we will never know MacKeens excavation of the past reveals both uncomfortable and uplifting lessons about our present Ari Shapiro NPR Growing up Dawn MacKeen heard from her mother how her grandfather Stepan miraculously escaped from the Turks during the Armenian genocide of 1915 when more than one million peoplehalf the Armenian populationwere killed In The Hundred Year Walk MacKeen alternates between Stepans courageous account drawn from his long lost journals and her own story as she attempts to retrace his steps setting out alone to Turkey and Syria shadowing her resourceful resilient grandfather across a landscape still rife with tension Dawn uses his journals to guide her to the places he was imperiled and imprisoned and the desert he crossed with only half a bottle of water Their shared story is a testament to family to home and to the power of the human spirit to transcend the barriers of religion ethnicity and even time itself I am in awe of what Dawn MacKeen has done here Her sentences sing Her research shines Her readers will be raptand a lot smarter by the end Meghan Daum author of The Unspeakable And Other Subjects of Discussion Harrowing Us Weekly

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