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An epic tale of one man's courage in the face of genocide and his granddaughter's quest to tell his story.

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In the heart of the Ottoman Empire as World War I rages, Stepan Miskjian's world becomes undone. He is separated from his family as they are swept up in the government's mass deportation of Armenians into internment camps. Gradually realizing the unthinkable—that they are all being driven to their deaths—he 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. 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 Stepan's 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.

"This previously untold story of survival and personal fortitude is on par with Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken." ---Library Jorunal Starred Review

"Powerful, terrible stories about what people are willing to do to other people---but leavened with hope and, ultimately, forgiveness." ---Kirkus

"Reflecting the author's sense of unease, Woo Zeller adopts a gentle yet determined voice to take listeners on an emotional journey as MacKeen retraces her grandfather's journey through Turkey and the Syrian desert. Portraying Stepan with a slight accent, Neil Shah captures the lively spirit of a man who survived unthinkable conditions." ---AudioFile
Dayton Prize Finalist

Library Journal Review

The Hundred-Year Walk

An Armenian Odyssey

Author Dawn Anahid MacKeen

Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, Neil Shah

Publication date Mar 8, 2016

Running time 11 hrs 18 min

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