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Growing up, Dawn MacKeen heard from her mother how her grandfather Stepan miraculously escaped from the Turks during the Armenian genocide of 1915, when more than one million people—half the Armenian population—were killed. In "The Hundred-Year Walk," MacKeen alternates between Stepan’s courageous account, drawn from his long-lost journals, and her own story as she attempts to retrace his steps, setting out alone to Turkey and Syria, shadowing her resourceful, resilient grandfather across a landscape still rife with tension.
Dawn uses his journals to guide her to the places he was imperiled and imprisoned and the desert he crossed with only half a bottle of water. Their shared story is a testament to family, to home, and to the power of the human spirit to transcend the barriers of religion, ethnicity, and even time itself.
Dawn Anahid MacKeen is the author of "The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey," which is about her grandfather’s survival of genocide, and her quest to tell his story. Based on a decade of research, the book was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and awarded best biography from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Previously she was a staff writer at Salon, Newsday, and SmartMoney. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, ELLE, the Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, and elsewhere.
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