"Who She Left Behind" is a captivating historical fiction novel that spans multiple 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 to Armenian communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts during the 1990s, the book provides a deep immersion into a lesser-known era. The story revolves around themes of survival, motherhood, and love, drawing inspiration from the author's own family history. The narrative is framed by a mysterious discovery of Armenian dolls at Victoria's grave many years later, which leads her on a quest for redemption as an immigrant, wife, sister, and aunt.
If you love "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian, "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian, "Rise the Euphrates" by Carol Edgarian, or "All The Light There Was" by Nancy Kricorian, then this book is for you!
About the Author
Victoria (Atamian) Waterman is an accomplished advocate for women and girls, dedicating her career to promoting leadership and empowerment. She has made significant contributions through various platforms such as her TEDx talk titled "Today's Girls are Tomorrow's Leaders," numerous op-eds, media interviews, and receiving awards. Growing up in Rhode Island in a multicultural and multilingual household with Armenian Genocide survivors has greatly influenced her storytelling abilities. Now, Victoria aims to shed light on the often-overlooked stories of courageous women who not only survived but resisted the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide, becoming the pillars of reconstructed communities after the war.She is a frequent speaker on various subjects including her personal and professional journey, women's leadership, and providing business insights for non-profit organizations. Victoria has presented at prestigious events and conferences such as the 2023 AGBU Women Shaping the World Conference, Bryant University Women's Summit, Worcester Women's Leadership Conference, and Massachusetts Conference for Women. Visit her website and blogs to learn more. https: //www.victoriawaterman.net/
"Who She Left Behind is a multi-generational, multi-decade tale of love and courage, an homage to perseverance and inner strength, a record of horrifying reality yet uplifting and a page-turner. I celebrate and treasure it as a testament to strong women and the often unacknowledged and un-celebrated roles they play in creating enduring culture as the machinations of men seek to destroy it."
- Susan Colantuono, founder and former CEO Leading Women, author, speaker, thought leader