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She Writes Press News: Announcing ALL THE LIGHT THERE WAS by Nancy Kricorian
Written by
Cait Levin
January 2014
Written by
Cait Levin
January 2014

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.

Nancy Kricorian is the author of the novels Zabelle, Dreams of Bread and Fire, and most recently All the Light There Was. Her poetry and essays have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines. Kricorian grew up in the Armenian community of Watertown, Massachusetts, and earned her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College; she spent the following year studying at the University of Paris. After completing a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at Columbia University, Kricorian taught at Barnard, Rutgers, Queens, and Yale. She subsequently worked for ten years as a literary scout for foreign publishers, and since 2003 has been on the staff of CODEPINK Women for Peace. She lives in New York City.

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  • Nancy Kricorian Writing

    Thanks for posting, Cait. Official pub date for She Writes paperback reprint is October 7, 2014.

    And thanks for the message, Kathleen. Congrats on the new novel!

  • Kathleen Spivack

    Congratulations, Nancy, I look forward to reading the book! Our paths have crossed many times-- from Watertown, to Paris etc etc. Have a new novel coming out, Knopf, this year. And of course many other pubs. But I have been following your work since that time long ago,.. as you know.  Let  me know how and where you are. all best wishes, Kathleen

  • Anjali Mitter Duva

    The book sounds great. Looking forward to reading it.