PRINCE OF WENTWORTH STREET: An American Boyhood in the Shadow of Genocide
by John Christie
The Prince of Wentworth Street is a revealing memoir of a boy determined to escape the cocoon his extended family created for him; and the story of an aging man who finds his way back to peace with himself by returning to that blood-soaked hillside in Turkey where his family's story began.
Author John Christie was feeling unmoored after the end of a distinguished career in journalism. to regain his place in the world, he turned his investigative reporting skills on himself, beginning by going 100 years into the past and to a murder in an ancient land. There he discovered the story of Gulenia Hovsepian, the woman who, to him, was simply Nana. In 1909 at age nine, Gulenia's parents sent her to herd the cows in their pasture when a boy from their village in Turkey ran up, yelling that armed men were coming for Armenians - such as her family. by the end of the day, her father had been murdered, and she, along with her mother and sibling, went into hiding.