SOMEDAY YONKERS: AN ARMENIAN-AMERICAN ODYSSEY by Tom Torosian is a fascinating journey beginning with Tom's parents' life and escape from Armenia to America, and Tom making his way and contributing as a first generation American. The book contains many lessons on a how to have a fulfilling life all wrapped up in a exciting, and heart-warming real life story.
From the Back Cover
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. 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 Armenians were murdered by the Turkish government.
“Why?” The answer is complex. This book is an exodus; about how parents survived;
how they came to America; how they settled in Manhattan, New York; how their son
was born in Bellevue Hospital. It is a book 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.
“Someday Yonkers is a history that many first-generation Americans will find familiar.
For me, an Armenian and a first-generation American, Tom Torosian’s story is a gift; a
remembrance of what our parents went through. His journey illuminates the continuing
strength of our culture as we embraced the freedoms of America. It is an adventure story
of a remarkable man who never gives up his humanity; his humility or his willingness to
serve the greater good. It is as heartfelt as it is dramatic. A wonderful read.”
— Charles E. Kaprelian: Professor, Engineer, Architect and Fine Artist.
“This book should be required reading for all seminary students.”
Rev. Elmer Ai Talcott; Presbyterian Minister
“Tom Torosian’s memoir takes us on a breathtaking journey from Armenia to the East
Bronx in the early 1900’s, tracing a young man’s search for selfhood and addressing
the important questions of our time in this country: political, moral and ethical. I was
greatly moved by his ability to face life’s challenges with candor, courage and a big
heart – in fact, I was not able to lay down his book from start to finish!”
— Lynn Denton, Artist, Filmmaker, Educator