This is a fascinating story about a genocide that I had never heard of - the Armenians by the Turks during World War I - as seen through the eyes of 2 generations of women in a single family. The first is a young woman from Boston who accompanies her father to Aleppo, Syria, to deliver food and medical aid to the victims of the Armenian genocide and the second is her granddaughter who is just discovering the story as she reaches middle age. There are two narrators for each woman's voice which really adds to the sense of intimacy to how the two women react. As is typical with good historical fiction you learn a lot about history while engrossed in the lives of the characters.
I had never heard of the Armenian genocide and it made me wonder about other genocides that I have never heard of.
Viewing this story from two different perspectives, that of the one living through the experience and that of the grandchild learning something new about her grandparents really fleshes out the impact of the horror of the genocide.
Family, change, tragedy
View of life in the last days of Shanghai before the revolution. The challenge of surviving the end of a privileged life to a new life in America
Hearing the book made it seem more like it was the actual memoirs of a real person.
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