Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient
LIFE IN ISTANBUL: One Family's Odyssey
Avid Readers Publishing Group

LIFE IN ISTANBUL: One Family's Odyssey

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By Alice Ketabgian

In this personal memoir, the author depicts her life’s experiences while growing up in Istanbul as the child of survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. She depicts further stages of the Genocide perpetrated by the Turkish government against its minorities, while living in constant fear for their lives as Christians living in a Muslim world. Part of it is a story of resilience while attempting to find a way to get out of the suffocating environment, while another part is the story of the past events of survival that her ancestors experienced. Eventual transfer to the United States to continue her education comes with its own unique encounters, both in school and life itself which adds to the immigrant’s narrative.

Avid Readers Publishing Group (2016)