Someday Yonkers

        Someday Yonkers: An Armenian-American Odyssey 

                            -    from Surviving the Genocide to Living in America 

                                                                                    by Tom Torosian


The true story of how, Tom Torosian, the son of Armenian Genocide survivors, lived to make a real impact here in the United States. The story actually begins with Tom's parents, Manoug & Elizabeth, in Armenia, describing their harrowing escape, and touching moments of re-building their lives. Tom describes how his parents' experiences shaped his life into one of activism and genuine contribution to society. It's a lesson for anyone discovering or re-discovering their way in the world.

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About the Author

 

Tom Luke Torosian is an ordained minister of The Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.  He served 40 years in the Inner City.  Retiring in 1995, he is now a painter, writer, and poet. 

He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Philadelphia.

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About Armenia - Then and Now...


From The Author - Tom Torosian

Armenia is a word that has widely different connotations for different people. To an American it means a vague country somewhere in Asia Minor; to the Turks it smacks of nationalism; to my mother and father, genocide and exile; to me a puzzlement.

I didn't know my identity. Armenian was a strange word. It looked like the word American. Whenever I met someone for the first time, they would ask me my nationality. There would be a long pause and a puzzled retort. "What's that?” or "You look like an Italian or Puerto Rican or Greek." "My parents used to tell me to eat my carrots, remember the starving Armenians."    In school I learned about the Italian, German, Irish, English, Belgian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese cultures, but who were the Armenians?

In 1915, Turkey, an ally of the Germans in World War I, decided to exterminate the Armenians. Thus began the first planned genocide of the twentieth century. Between 1915 and 1918, one million, five hundred thousand Armenians were murdered by the Turkish government. "Why?" The answer is complex. This book is an exodus; about how my parents survived that “why” how they came to America; how they settled in Manhattan, New York; how their son was born in Bellevue Hospital on December 19, 1929. Thus, this book is about growing up with parents displaced from their culture and their son who sought recognition in a new culture; about community building and my coming of age in America.

 Tom Torosian

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From The Publisher - John M. Rossini, Travel Chocolate LLC

First a bit of disclosure - The author, Tom Torosian is my uncle. (My mother, Ruth, is Tom's brother.) When I was a kid, we spent time at each others' homes.  I played with his daughters, and even though I was probably too young to fully understand, I admired my Uncle Tommy's many activist feats in helping the less fortunate, while still managing to care for his family.  Not until I read the transcript of Someday Yonkers , did I understand the role that Armenia played in his life.  Despite me being a frequent traveler, I've not yet traveled to Armenia, given before reading Tom's work, I will confess I was not all that interested in one of my "home" countries. (My father's heritage is from Italy.)  But Tom's book , with its compelling story of my grandparents' life, has changed that.  Also, travel sites, and blogs indicate that with its Tatev Monastery surrounded by incredible natural beauty, its ruins of Erebuni Fortress, and its capital city of Yerevan having a late night café culture, hospitable people, & outdoor bazaars, Armenia is a must visit.

John M. Rossini