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by Antonia Arslan
A beautiful, wrenching debut chronicling the life of a family struggling for survival during the Armenian genocide in Turkey, in 1915. After forty years in Venice, Yerwant is planning a long-awaited reunion with his family at their homestead in the Anatolian hills of Turkey. But as joyful preparations begin, Italy enters the Great War and closes its borders. At the same time, in Turkey, the Young Turks, determined to rid their nation of minorities, force his family on a brutal march of hunger and humiliation. We follow Yerwant's relatives as they strain to stay alive and as four children set out on a daring course to reach Yerwant--and safety--in Italy. A novel as lyrical and poignant as a fable.
"Heartbreaking. . . . Powerfully unflinching. . . . Skylark Farm"operates like [an Armenian] Schindler's List; it's a story of hope that makes it easier for us to confront the horror of what happens when evil is allowed to run unchecked." Paperback 257 pages - 5" x 8" - (2/08)
--The Christian Science Monitor
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