There Was and There Was Not

There Was and There Was Not

A young Armenian-American goes to Turkey in a "love thine enemy" experiment that becomes a transformative reflection on how we use—and abuse—our personal histories

Meline Toumani grew up in a close-knit Armenian community in New Jersey where Turkish restaurants were shunned and products made in Turkey were boycotted. The source of this enmity was the Armenian genocide of 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government, and Turkey's refusal to acknowledge it.… (more)

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“There Was and There Was Not” (the title is the stock story opener in several Middle Eastern cultures) is the sensitive, inquiring, somewhat naïve account of this defeat.

With this book, she gives her people a bit of what they are asking for — recognition — while considering that there is always another side to the story.


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Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (November 04, 2014)

Collection: Metropolitan Books

Language: English


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