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Who She Left Behind
by Victoria Atamian Waterman
“Who She Left Behind” is a captivating historical fiction novel that spans generations and delves into the emotional lives of its characters. Set in various time periods, from the declining days of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey in 1915 to the Armenian neighborhoods of Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the 1990s, the novel completely immerses its reader in a lesser-known era and the untold stories of the brave and resilient women who became the pillars of reconstructed communities after the Armenian Genocide.
It is a story of survival, motherhood, love, and redemption based on the recounted stories from the author’s own family history. The narrative is framed by a mysterious discovery made almost six decades later of a pair of Armenian dolls left at a gravesite.
Her heart was pounding, her breath half-stuck in her throat. In three days, she would belong to someone else. In three days, they would be surrounded by people who knew them. But now, here, under this infinite sky, cutting through the vast expanse of the sea, there was no one to stop her from being reckless, foolish, and utterly in love with a man she couldn’t have.
She took his arm and stretched herself up on her toes to kiss his cheek. “I like you, too. Too much.”
Her voice was breathless and impossibly young in her ears. He caught her cheek in his cupped palm and twined their free hands together. He closed his eyes and leaned his forehead against hers. Their breath mingled, floating out over the sea in little puffs. They stayed there so long that Victoria’s feet grew numb, but she would have flown if he’d asked her to.
Kachadoor sighed, a gentle, wistful sigh that coasted along Victoria’s skin; then he touched his lips to hers. It was a sweet kiss, full of longing and the special kind of regret that comes with unfulfilled wishes, and Victoria knew she would never forget it, not as long as she lived.
Victoria Atamian Waterman is an Armenian American storyteller and speaker who draws inspiration from the quirky multigenerational, multilingual home in which she was raised with her grandparents, survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Her empowerment of today’s women and girls makes her voice ideal for telling the little-known stories of yesterday’s women leaders.
Her TED Talk, “Today’s Girls are Tomorrow’s Leaders” has been seen by thousands of viewers. When she is not writing and speaking, she is reading, puzzle-making and volunteering. Victoria lives in Rhode Island and is enjoying this next chapter of life with her husband, children, and grandchildren.