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A breathtaking novel that follows a young woman named Ani Silver through college, a long sojourn in Paris, and a string of romantic entanglements, all of which lead her to confront the legacy of her Armenian family's tragic past.

At the book's opening, Ani is a bright, trusting young woman, passionately in love with Asa Willard: a New England boy with a trust fund as big as
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 20th 2004 by Grove Press (first published 2003)
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Meltem
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aslında çok zor ama ilginç bir konuyu anlatan bir kitap olacakken nedense baştaki konuda çok zaman kaybederek bu şansını kaybetmiş. Paris’te geçtiği ve tanıdık mekanlarda geçen kitapları okumayı sevdiğim için almıştım, kadın karakter Ani’yi de sevip merak etmiştim ama bir yarım ve yüzeysel kaldı.

#bizimbuyukchallengeimiz madde 31: Kahramanı kadın karakter olan bir kitap
Eric
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Randomly picked up this volume just to try something different and an author I did not know. It is the story of a young adult woman who grew up in a home with one parent Armenian and one Jewish. Her Jewish father died young, and she is left being raised by her mother and grandparents who have close ties to their Armenian heritage. They expect her to adapt those same cultural values as well, but she resists. Her main challenge - boys and lovers. One eventually dumps her, the other is engaged in a ...more
Michael Norwitz
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Averagely-clever female youth-to-adulthood novel with the slightest touch of Armenian history, touching on the genocide in one chapter.
Lisa Savage
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this youthful account of rebellion and politics amid the intellectual life of Paris. The revealed horrors of the Armenian genocide and various responses of its survivors are skillfully woven into a tale with an appealing main character, Ani, the grandchild of immigrants and the product of a mixed marriage that disappeared one whole side of her family.

The tension between the working class and upper class, and the push-pull between living the revolution and the ordinary domesticity most
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Rosemarie
Sep 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Bleh. The inside flap described a different story - one that was intriguing and interesting. The actual story was a dumbed down version. I was disappointed. It didn't get interesting until the very end (with Van's involvement in ASALA and her father's family) and then it just ended. Just like that.
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Nancy Kricorian is a New York City-based writer and activist. She is the author of the novels Zabelle, Dreams of Bread and Fire, and most recently All The Light There Was, which is set in the Armenian community of Paris during World War II. She participated in the 2010 Palestine Festival of Literature, and taught at the Palestine Writing Workshop in Birzeit in 2011. Kricorian was the Fall 2015 ...more