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The Doves of Ohanavank Paperback – June 24, 2014
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About the Author
Vahan Zanoyan is a writer, traveler, global energy consultant, and anti-trafficking advocate.
Zanoyan has published two volumes of poetry in Armenian, and two novels in English. Inspired by a chance meeting with a survivor of the sex trafficking trade, A Place Far Away was published in 2013. Its sequel, The Doves of Ohanavank, followed in 2014. Zanoyan currently divides his time between Southern California, Armenia, and the Middle East.
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Zanoyan is a masterful and thoughtful writer tackling the very difficult and tragic topic of human trafficking and prostitution (in A Place Far Away) to the more important topics of shame, healing and recovery of the bruised soul and body (in The Doves of Ohanavank) when the victims return home to their families.
Based on a compilation of true stories and situations, the novel gently introduces the reader to the painful consequences of kidnapping and forced prostitution, the emotional trauma these young souls go through, and the often absent love and acceptance they crave and need from their families and friends in order to put their lives back on track.
A must read.
The splendid surprise for me was the depth in which it is written. The hope, the spirit, family.. intertwine through out.
"The difference within solitude and loneliness" touched my heart.
Wise sayings are ear marked in my tattered book and will stay in my soul.
"Listening through the third ear" is a wonderful way to live.
It is poetry.
Even with all the despair in this story and the world, Zanoyan was able to pull strength of hope and will for women.And life lessons for all..regarding power,control, money, corruption.
The beauty and simplicity of the land, the doves.. the bench..
will resonate with me.
Lara, however, through the love of her brothers and sisters, and several key individuals, was able to find enough safety to try to understand all that she had experienced in such a horrible time period of her life.
As an Armenian American who has traveled to Armenia, I could immediately appreciate Zanoyan's ability to capture the beauty and majesty of the country's natural surroundings, while weaving in some of the most beautiful poems of our renowned Armenian poets. I highly recommend this book, as well as, A Place Far Away.
I highly recommend reading the first book - A Place Far Away - before picking this one up. The two of them offer such a powerful story.
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This book made a huge difference in how people in Armenia percieve and treat those who are involved.Read more