Writers' Club of Whittier Announces Publication of Member's Memoir, Politically Homeless - A Five-Year Odyssey Across Three Continents

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Born in Egypt, an ambitious young lady opts for higher education. She accepts expatriate assignment in Africa, with intent to realize her dreams of becoming a writer.

Mary Terzian's multicultural nonfiction memoir, “Politically Homeless - a Five-Year Odyssey . . .,” published by Author House in July 2015, relates the award-winning author's travels and adventures across the globe in search of a niche where she can realize her dreams of pursuing college education.

Born to Armenian refugee parents, Terzian grew up in Cairo, within the Armenian community. Her ambitions exceeded the parameters of normal expectations in the 1950’s when young girls were traditionally locked into domestic life. College education for them was considered superfluous. Mary broke loose from conventions, quit home to join the World Health Organization in Alexandria and eventually accepted an expatriate assignment in Leopoldville, Congo, at the height of civil war there. She endured the rigors of living abroad, while saving funds for her college tuition.

Terzian’s book reflects the universal struggles of immigrants who have lost their homeland and have to re-start life elsewhere. It unfolds her extraordinary ventures into unfamiliar territory, a journey that transforms a shy and reserved young girl into an intrepid woman. Khrushchev’s demise, a crocodile meal and traveling with chickens on a commuter plane are normal hazards in her life. She returns to Leopoldville on board a flight commandeered by mercenaries! Per Kirkus Reviews “Through her own story, Terzian articulates the ways in which patriarchy, culture, bureaucracy and politics challenge but never fully derail an independent woman’s ambitions. An often charming memoir that intertwines personal and political histories.”

“Politically Homeless . . .,” is globally available in digital and paperback formats at Amazon.com and similar online stores. It is also sold in brick and mortar bookstores. Information about the author and her forthcoming activities are posted at: http://www.Authorsden.com/maryterzian. She blogs at https://whittierwriters.wordpress.com/author/maryterzian/ and is active within the Facebook and Linkedin communities.

The author now lives in California and calls herself “an imported American.”

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