Nicholas Alahverdian has battled for over a decade of how and when to write his memoirs about attending Harvard University and working for the government after growing up as an abused orphan. Alahverdian decided to not take a linear approach to writing his memoir as not only would it exacerbate already worsening symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, but authoring microbooks in collaboration with his researcher and aide has proven to be an exciting project among voracious readers. The series will be entitled The Orphan Chronicles and this, the first volume, is “Dreading and Hoping All."
In The Orphan Chronicles, Nicholas Alahverdian intends to cover everything about his exciting life at Harvard, in politics, at the Capitol, and elsewhere in multiple microbooks that will range from 25-125 pages. In Dreading and Hoping All, Nicholas Alahverdian, with his blatant nonlinear approach, begins to bare his soul about the political machinations that resulted in his being sent hundreds of miles away from home where he was prevented from attending school or contacting anyone who could save him from the daily torture and child abuse he suffered in foster care.
In Dreading and Hoping All, Alahverdian begins to touch on the relationship of Rhode Island Governor Edward DiPrete and Family Court Chief Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah. When Nicholas illuminates the corrupt fiefdom of Judge Jeremiah, including the retention of David Tassoni who lied about having a law degree, Rhode Islanders and Americans will be infuriated as they learn about Judge Jeremiah's corrupt acts which resulted in state and federal investigations until he was ultimately forced off the bench by the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 2010 amidst federal and state corruption investigations, senility, and loss of confidence amongst his peers in the Rhode Island Judiciary.
Nicholas Alahverdian also explicates the meaning of being sent to a center in Florida where he was not allowed to contact a lawyer, a doctor, the police, the courts, or anyone who could save him from the abuse he endured. The Florida placement, Manatee Palms Youth Services, was shut down by the State of Florida multiple times for abuse and neglect, including torture as indicated by news organization Pro Publica.
Nicholas Alahverdian gives a unique glimpse into the world of the Rhode Island DCYF as someone who has lived it, studied it, and worked for the state government that controls this rogue agency. Any social worker, student, orphan, foster kid, or foster parent would love to read these microbooks to gain an education on how the system actually works -- and what can be done to change things permanently. Dreading and Hoping All is a poignant look at the foster care system, and this orphan who ultimately became a Harvard scholar does his best to give a bird's eye view of what occurs in America’s worst foster care system: the Rhode Island DCYF.
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About the Author
Nicholas Alahverdian is a Harvard-educated sociologist and political scientist. His latest book, “Dreading and Hoping All,” was released in October 2019. It is the first volume of The Orphan Chronicles series.