The story of Efronia Katchadourian, written by her scholar daughter-in-law and based upon her son's translation of her autobiography, rewards the reader on several levels. As a record of an Armenian woman's formative years and survival in Ottoman Turkey during the 1915 massacres, it documents the historical crisis of a people. As an account of Efronia's lifelong devotion to a Muslim youth whom she loved and lost during World War I, it stands as a moving story, testifying to the nature of women's lives and to both the strengths and limits of culture and society in that time. Finally, the memoir is absorbing for the force of character that emerges as we read about a woman whose life spanned much of this century and several nations. Recommended for women's literature and regional collections.-- Rena Fowler, Humboldt State Univ., Arcata, Cal.
The first book in a new series is based on an unpublished memoir by Efronia Katchadourian (1894-1986), who was born in the Ottoman Empire, fled civil war in Lebanon for the US in 1976, and died in northern California when she was 92. Her writings were translated by her son; her daughter-in-law, Stina Katchadourian, wove into the memoir her own memories of her mother-in-law and provides historical background. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)