The Daydreaming Boy by Micheline Aharonian Marcom

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A masterful, fabulously realized depiction of the internal dislocation of a refugee-a fictional self-portrait that is at once lyrical and phantasmagorical, hallucinatory, and searingly acute.

Named one of the best books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post, and a Notable Book by The New York Times, Micheline Marcom's impressive debut novel, Three Apples Fell from Heaven, depicted the lives shattered by the Turkish government's brutal campaign that resulted in the deaths of more than a million Armenians.

Marcom's second novel, The Daydreaming Boy, carries forward the story of the refugees from the twentieth century's first genocide, and it shows the growth of this young writer as a gifted and fearless stylist.

Vahé Tcheubjian is an upstanding, unremarkable member of the Armenian community of Beirut in the 1960s. He and his wife attend concerts, dinners, partake of the sophisticated, continental culture that marked pre-civil war Beirut as a cosmopolitan capital on the Mediterranean, the "Paris of the Middle East." But inside, he is in turmoil-wracked by memories of the escape from the campaign of genocide, the years spent in an Armenian orphanage, the brutalities of his fellow orphans, ferocious and desperate and unloved. Vahé seeks refuge in an outrageous and graphic fantasy life that flirts dangerously with emotional catastrophe, just as the Beirut he has come to adopt as his home edges toward destruction.

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Micheline Aharonian Marcom is the author of Three Apples Fell from Heaven, which was a New York Times Notable Book. The Daydreaming Boy won the 2005 PEN/USA Award in fiction and was named a best book by the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. The third book in the trilogy, Draining the Sea, was published in March 2008. Marcom received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2004 and a Whiting Writers' Award in 2006. Marcom's most recent novel is The Mirror in the Well.
Published April 12, 2004 by Riverhead Hardcover. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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No more church on Sunday: Instead, he goes to the zoo, burning Jumba the chimp with his cigarettes—the chimp making a fitting substitute for the former “monkeyboy.” The same mix of cruelty and affection emerges in Vahé’s obsession with the Palestinian servant girl from the refugee camps;

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Marcom (author of the well-received Three Apples Fell from Heaven ) supplies an answer with steely delicacy, as Vahé cycles through different memories: of the torments he both endured and visited upon weaker fellow orphans in an Armenian orphanage;

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