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Bone Ash Sky - Katerina Cosgrove

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Published: 1st May 2013
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Bone Ash Sky is the sweeping story of an American journalist who goes home to unravel four generations of war and genocide, love and renewal, in Turkish Armenia and modern-day Lebanon.

When Anoush Pakradounian steps off a boat and feels Levantine heat on her cheek like a caress, she thinks she knows where she's going: she thinks she knows who's right and who's wrong.

Yet nothing about her family's past is black and white. In 1915 one million Armenians were marched into Syria by Turks and killed in the first genocide of the twentieth century. In 1982 Beirut came under siege for three months and 18,000 civilians died, while another 30,000 were wounded.

Anoush's quest for answers is interwoven with the memory of ruined cities and vanished empires: Lake Van before the genocide, Beirut in civil war, Ottoman villas and desecrated churches, Palestinian refugee camps and torture chambers turned into nightclubs. Her search to find out the truth about her father, her grandparents and her own place in the story spans four generations and massive upheavals in the Middle East.

About the Author

Born in 1973 of Greek and Irish/Australian parentage, Katerina co-founded Sappho Books and then the Gertrude and Alice cafe bookstore in Sydney. Her first novel, The Glass Heart, was published by HarperCollins in 2000 and reprinted in 2001, with Greek rights sold the same year. She began Bone Ash Sky with the aid of an Australia Council grant and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland and travelled to Armenia, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria for research. In 2010, whilst researching for the book, she published an article in The Australian -'Turkey must lift veil on first Holocaust.'




a work of fiction full of historical facts. the story spans 4 generations of the authors family back to Syria and the first genocide of the 20th century of the Armenians in 1915 by the Turks. the is a quest for answers and covers some pretty disturbing events. brilliantly described, horrifying, shocking,atmospheric and incredibly powerful. couldn't put it down despite the subject matter. a brilliant book.

tweed valley nsw australia



an historical novel told with love and compassion. confirms the futility of war, especially those based on religion and cultural differences (are there any other kind?). some descriptions are heart rendering and shocking, and found myself holding my breath at the cruelty being inflicted so dispassionately by people on their own kind. as usual the casualties of war are mostly the women and children. both a tragic and heart warming story.

new south wales australia

wonderful book


If you ever wondered about or sought to understand the mess that is the middle east today and how it relates to the early part of the last century, this is the book for you.



Bone Ash Sky

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ISBN: 9781742705859
ISBN-10: 1742705855
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st May 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.4  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1