The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl
New York: Penguin Books, 1988, 238 pages. ISBN 0-688-80205-2.
"We never talked about the massacres. It was as if we had forgotten about our past troubles, but often they would surface in different ways."
David Kherdian, a poet and anthologist, has written the biography of his mother, Veron Dumehjian, and her unique and gripping story of courage, survival, and hope. Veron was born to a prosperous family that lived in the Armenian quarter of the city of Aziziya, Turkey. Her early childhood was idyllic, until 1915, when the Turkish government, after years of persecuting its Christian minorities, decided to rid Turkey of its Armenian population. Veron was deported with her family and survived incredible hardship and suffering until, at the age of 16, she left for America as a "mail-order" bride. Written from a child's perspective, this book is ideally suited for use in secondary schools.