The Hundred-Year Walk By Dawn Anahid MacKeen
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Book/Novel Author: Dawn Anahid MacKeen
Book/Novel Title: The Hundred-Year Walk
An epic tale of one mans courage in the face of genocide and his granddaughters quest to tell his story In the heart of the Ottoman Empire as World War I rages, Stepan Miskjians world becomes undone. He is separated from his family as they are swept up in the governments mass deportation of Armenians into internment camps. Gradually realizing the unthinkablethat they are all being driven to their deathshe fights, through starvation and thirst, not to lose hope. Just before killing squads slaughter his caravan during a forced desert march, Stepan manages to escape, making a perilous six-day trek to the Euphrates River carrying nothing more than two cups of water and one gold coin. In his desperate bid for survival, Stepan dons disguises, outmaneuvers gendarmes, and, when he least expects it, encounters the miraculous kindness of strangers. The Hundred-Year Walk alternates between Stepans saga and another journey that takes place a century later, after his family discovers his long-lost journals. Reading this rare firsthand account, his granddaughter Dawn MacKeen finds herself first drawn into the colorful bazaars before the war and then into the horrors Stepan later endured. Inspired to retrace his steps, she sets out alone to Turkey and Syria, shadowing her resourceful, resilient grandfather across a landscape still rife with tension. With his journals guiding her, she grows ever closer to the man she barely knew as a child. 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.