Praise for Nightingales

“Exploding stereotypes and false assumptions, Syrian refugees and migrants tell their own stories in this unique collection. Mimi Melkonian has done a great service by soliciting, compiling, and translating records that communicate the intimate and varied realities of the Syrian migration.”

Todd Fine, President, Washington Street Historical Society


“Since the 2011 Arab Spring, a set of complex geopolitical moves and failure in leadership extended the conflict in Syria, and displaced thousands of Syrians as refugees and immigrants in the Middle East, Europe, and beyond. In Nightingales, Mimi Melkonian sets out to change our perception about Syria and Syrian refugees. She introduces us to resilient Syrians who left Syria to seek sanctuary in other countries—despite all odds, they managed to thrive. Melkonian captures the rich cultural traditions of Syrians while sharing the painful journeys of the recent refugees and their adjustments in their new homelands. Readers are introduced to refugee artists, athletes, educators, and homemakers who must look ahead, leverage their talents, and establish themselves thousands of miles away from home. Nightingales celebrates refugees and highlights the richness of their talents and contributions to their new homeland. I highly recommend this book.”

Ani Kharajian, President, Armenian International Women’s Association Senior Portfolio Director, Executive Education, Harvard Business School Granddaughter of Armenian Genocide survivors and an immigrant


“A seminal accomplishment. Mimi Melkonian, herself the daughter of Armenian forced migrant heritage, narrates the path of individuals fleeing danger and despair, holding onto little more than hope to steer their destiny. Essential reading, Nightingales is a mastery of what becoming a refugee entails, and testament that no one chooses exile. Beautifully written, every chapter details the arduous journey of dreams morphing into reality. Melkonian crafts each story with eloquence and empathy, taking the reader into lives they would never otherwise know.”

Susan Hanna-Wicht, President, Global Language Project

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