Peacekeeper’s Daughter by Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt
Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt holds an MA in English Literature from McGill University and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and these days, she lives in Quebec’s Eastern Townships with her husband and four children.
But Tanya was born in Germany to French-Canadian parents and grew up on various army bases across Canada, from Quebec’s North Shore to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. When she was twelve years old, her family moved to Tiberius, Israel, where her father served as a United Nations peacekeeper on the Golan Heights. When war broke out with Lebanon, Tanya and her family moved to Beirut, where they lived for seven months, at the height of the Lebanese civil war.
Tanya’s journal from 1982-1983 became the seeds of her memoir, Peacekeeper’s Daughter.
Peacekeeper’s Daughter is both a coming-of-age story and an exploration of family dynamics, the shattering effects of violence and war, and the power of memory itself to reconcile us to our past selves, to the extraordinary places we have been and sights we have seen.
Read an excerpt of Peacekeeper’s Daughter here.
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