Dreams of Bread and Fire

  • Title: Dreams of Bread and Fire
  • Author: Nancy Kricorian
  • ISBN: 9780802141231
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dreams of Bread and Fire A breathtaking novel that follows a young woman named Ani Silver through college a long sojourn in Paris and a string of romantic entanglements all of which lead her to confront the legacy of her A
    A breathtaking novel that follows a young woman named Ani Silver through college, a long sojourn in Paris, and a string of romantic entanglements, all of which lead her to confront the legacy of her Armenian family s tragic past.At the book s opening, Ani is a bright, trusting young woman, passionately in love with Asa Willard a New England boy with a trust fund as big asA breathtaking novel that follows a young woman named Ani Silver through college, a long sojourn in Paris, and a string of romantic entanglements, all of which lead her to confront the legacy of her Armenian family s tragic past.At the book s opening, Ani is a bright, trusting young woman, passionately in love with Asa Willard a New England boy with a trust fund as big as his appetites, and the farthest thing possible from the old world accents and superstitions that filled the childhood home she shared with her widowed mother and her Armenian grandparents After college, she sets off for Paris in pursuit of education and adventure, safe in the belief that Asa is devoted and waiting for her to come home, where they ll marry and live a simple American life But just as she is beginning to lose herself to the beauty and mystery of her new city, she receives a letter from Asa that shatters her dreams for the future Newly unanchored, she confronts the puzzle of her individual and cultural identity for the first time, a puzzle that is enhanced and complicated by the resurfacing of a childhood friend, Van Ardavanian Van is an elusive and beguiling character, an intense, single minded young man whose preoccupation with the Armenian heritage they share verges on the obsessive He shows Ani a whole new way of looking at the world, turns her eyes to a tragic heritage she has shut out, and opens doors to parts of her identity that she has never before acknowledged But Van cannot deliver her to herself any than Asa could, and through him Ani learns that passion and idealism can have dark consequences.Through a new constellation of friends and acquaintances in this foreign city, Ani comes to ask the questions about herself and the continuum she is a part of, and when Van disappears under dubious and mysterious circumstances, Ani returns home determined to puzzle out her past that of her father, David Silver, a Jew from NYC who was killed in a car accident when Ani was only five that of David s family, who cut him and his new family off the moment he married Ani s Armenian mother and finally, that of Ani s grandmother and grandfather whose gut wrenching experiences during Armenian massacres at the hands of the Turks spill out once and for all, only at Ani s tentative prompting.Having learned the hard way that she cannot use other people as conduits through which to find herself, Ani ultimately comes to demand access to the rooms of her past that have been denied her Infused with warmth and humor, Dreams of Bread and Fire is an irresistible novel that addresses a question that has faced every generation in this country whether it is possible to achieve the neat simplicity of American life once we ve arrived here without denying the haunting legacies of the places we ve fled from.

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    About Nancy Kricorian


    1. Nancy Kricorian is a New York City based writer and activist She is the author of the novels Zabelle, Dreams of Bread and Fire, and most recently All The Light There Was, which is set in the Armenian community of Paris during World War II She participated in the 2010 Palestine Festival of Literature, and taught at the Palestine Writing Workshop in Birzeit in 2011 Kricorian was the Fall 2015 Writer in Residence at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University She is a fellow of Women Mobilizing Memory project at Columbia University s Center for the Study of Social Difference.


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    1. Loved this youthful account of rebellion and politics amid the intellectual life of Paris. The revealed horrors of the Armenian genocide and various responses of its survivors are skillfully woven into a tale with an appealing main character, Ani, the grandchild of immigrants and the product of a mixed marriage that disappeared one whole side of her family. The tension between the working class and upper class, and the push-pull between living the revolution and the ordinary domesticity most hum [...]

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    2. Bleh. The inside flap described a different story - one that was intriguing and interesting. The actual story was a dumbed down version. I was disappointed. It didn't get interesting until the very end (with Van's involvement in ASALA and her father's family) and then it just ended. Just like that.

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