Dance of the Banished

dance of the banishedTeenagers Zeynep and Ali, who live in the village of Harput in Anatolia and plan to marry, are separated in June of 1913. Ali finds passage to Canada in search of a better life, but when World War I breaks out, he is declared an enemy alien and sent to an internment camp. Zeynep is left behind to work in a hospital, where she is faced with the horrors of war, revolution, and genocide. Each writes a journal for the other. Ali writes a chronicle of life in an internment camp in Kapuckasing, Ontario. Zeynep writes an eyewitness account of the Armenian genocide from the point of view of the Alevi Kurds. They are always in each other’s thoughts and are finally reunited in August of 1916. Based on true events, this well-researched story of love, hope, and tenacity to survive includes maps, an Author’s Note, and archival photographs of Kapuskasing Internment Camp, circa 1915. mjw
Title: Dance of the Banished
Author: Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
: Pajama Press, Canada
: 2014
Original Language
: English
: 978-1-927485-65-1
Paperback pages
: 234
Age range
: 12 up
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: Anatolia, Turkey; Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian and Ukrainian
Author’s residence
: Ontario, Canada
: 2008 Order of Princess Olha, Ukraine.  Appointed to Canada’s First World War Internment Recognition Endowment Council
: Canadian history, Emigration, Immigration, Internment camps, Prejudice, Racism, World War I

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