All the Light There Was: A Novel

All the Light There Was: A Novel

by Nancy Kricorian


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On the day the Nazis march down the rue de Belleville, fourteen-year-old Maral Pegorian is living with her family in Paris, where, like many other Armenians who survived the genocide in their homeland, her parents have come to build a new life. The adults immediately set about gathering food and provisions, bracing for the deprivation they know all too well—but Maral, her brother Missak, and their close friends Zaven and Barkev are spurred to action of another sort, finding secret and not-so-secret ways to resist their oppressors.

When Zaven and Barkev flee to avoid conscription, Maral finally realizes that the Occupation is not simply a temporary outrage to be endured—and when only one brother returns after many fraught months, the contours of Maral’s world are changed irrevocably.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529054
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nancy Kricorian grew up in the Armenian community of Watertown, Massachusetts. She is the author of the novels Zabelle and Dreams of Bread and Fire. She is a widely published essayist and social activist who is based in New York City. She is currently at work on a new novel about the Armenian community of Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War.

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“Nancy Kricorian is a gem, her work subtle and nuanced and moving. All the Light There Was brings Nazi-occupied Paris vividly, tragically, and heroically to life.”
—Chris Bohjalian, author of The Sandcastle Girls and Midwives

“Beautifully conjured . . . Kricorian’s touch is light, but the residual impact of war is nonetheless palpable.”
—Eleanor J. Bader, In These Times

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