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All the Light There Was

A Novel
Kricorian, Nancy (Book - 2013)
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All the Light There Was is the story of an Armenian family’s struggle to survive the Nazi occupation of Paris in the 1940s—a lyrical, finely wrought tale of loyalty, love, and the many faces of resistance.

On the day the Nazis march down the rue de Belleville, fourteen-year-old Maral Pegorian is living with her family in Paris; like many other Armenians who survived the genocide in their homeland, they have come to Paris to build a new life. The adults immediately set about gathering food and provisions, bracing for the deprivation they know all too well. But the children—Maral, her brother Missak, and their close friend Zaven—are spurred to action of another sort, finding secret and not-so-secret ways to resist their oppressors. Only when Zaven flees with his brother Barkev to avoid conscription does Maral realize that the Occupation is not simply a temporary outrage to be endured. After many fraught months, just one brother returns, changing the contours of Maral’s world completely.

Like Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and Jenna Blum’s Those Who Save Us, All the Light There Was is an unforgettable portrait of lives caught in the crosswinds of history.

Set amid the Armenian community in newly occupied Paris, All the Light There Was is a lyrical, finely wrought story about family loyalty, secret love, the many faces of oppression—and the many faces of resistance.


Baker & Taylor
After surviving the genocide in their homeland with many other Armenians, 14-year-old Maral Pegorian and her family arrive in Paris to start a new life, but she, her brother, and her beloved, Zaven soon realize that the Nazi Occupation is not simply a temporary outrage to be endured. 15,000 first printing.

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After surviving the genocide in their homeland, Maral Pegorian and her family arrive in Paris to start a new life, but they soon realize that the Nazi Occupation is not simply a temporary outrage to be endured.

Authors: Kricorian, Nancy
Statement of Responsibility: Nancy Kricorian
Title: All the light there was
a novel
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Subject Headings: France History German occupation, 1940-1945 Fiction Families France Fiction Armenians France Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Topical Term: Families
Armenians
LCCN: 2012040359
ISBN: 0547939949
9780547939940
Branch Call Number: FIC K
Research Call Number: JFD 13-2606
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