Skylark Farm

Skylark Farm

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A beautiful, wrenching debut novel chronicling the life of a family struggling for survival during the Armenian genocide in Turkey, in 1915.

At the center: Yerwant, who, at thirteen, left his home in the Anatolian hills of Turkey to study at an Armenian boarding school in Venice. Now, in May 1915, after forty years, he is planning a long-awaited reunion with his family at their homestead, Skylark Farm. But while joyful preparations for Yerwant’s arrival are being made in the town of his birth, Italy enters the Great War and closes its borders. At the same time, in Turkey, Yerwant’s family begins a brutal odyssey of forced marches and prison camps, hunger and humiliation at the hands of the Young Turks who are determined to rid their nation of minorities. In the unfolding story we follow Yerwant’s family as it struggles to survive and as four of its children set out on a dangerous and daring course of their own: to reach Yerwant, and safety, in Italy.

Antonia Arslan draws on the story of her own family to tell the story of Skylark Farm. She has transformed the “obscure memories” that are her heritage into a novel as lyrical and poignant as a fable.



Baker & Taylor
In 1915, Yerwant is planning to return to Turkey from his home in Venice after being away for forty years, but his plans are ruined by the entrance of Italy into World War I and the genocide of Armenians, including his family.

Blackwell North Amer
A debut novel chronicling the life of a family struggling for survival during the Armenian genocide in Turkey, in 1915.
At the center: Yerwant, who, at thirteen, left his home in the Anatolian hills of Turkey to study at an Armenian boarding school in Venice. Now, in May 1915, after forty years, he is planning a long-awaited reunion with his family at their homestead, Skylark Farm. But while joyful preparations for Yerwant's arrival are being made in the town of his birth, Italy enters the Great War and closes its borders. At the same time, in Turkey, Yerwant's family begins a brutal odyssey of forced marches and prison camps, hunger and humiliation at the hands of the Young Turks, who are determined to rid their nation of minorities. In the unfolding story we follow Yerwant's family as it struggles to survive and as four of its children set out on a dangerous and daring course of their own: to reach Yerwant, and safety, in Italy.

Baker
& Taylor

Years after leaving his home in Anatolia to attend an Armenian boarding school in Venice, Yerwant is making plans for a long-awaited reunion with his family at their homestead, Skylark Farm, but the beginning of World War I, which forces Italy to close its borders, and the Turkish campaign against the Armenians threaten everything, in a novel based on the author's own family story. A first novel. 17,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781400044351
1400044359
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Brock, Geoffrey 1964-

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