CAGES ON OPPOSITE SHORES: A Novel
By Janset Berkok Shami
Set against the conflicts and tensions of modern-day Turkey, Meral's search for identity and renewal, after leaving her husband of eleven years, leads in unexpected and apinful directions. Living among the dusty artifacts in the deserted fooms of her deceased mother's house, Meral discovers her mother's diary, begun as a young girl. Realizing for the first time her part-Armenian heritage, Meral struggles to redefine her self-identity. As she delves deeper into the diary, she learns more and more about her mother's early life. She learns that her grandmother was saved from Massacre by her grandfather.; and how her mother suffered for having an Armenian mother. Every reading session shocks her, but also increases her knowledge of herself.
Interlink Books (1995)