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Background Information

Mary Terzian was born in Egypt to immigrant Armenian parents from Anatolia, Turkey. Maryís education beyond primary school, in Cairo, was threatened after her motherís untimely death when she was only nine. Under pressure from teachers and extended family she is sent to an English High school in Cairo, graduating in 1950. She swears she will knock down the barriers to higher education considered superfluous for women then.

Terzian aspires to becoming a writer but her regular day job interferes with her aspirations. Employment with the World Health Organization opens the doors to expanding her horizons. She accepts expatriate assignments in war-torn Congo, then Togo and seizes the opportunity to visit eighteen countries during her home leave/extended vacation. "Politically Homeless" recounts her journey, its positive and negative aspects, struggles with loneliness, cultural faux pas, adaptation, identity preservation and a young girl's attempts to survive in the jungle of humanity. New York, later California offer her fresh opportunities to pursue her dreams.

Politically Homeless is her second book, taking the reader along during her five-years of adventures in three continents, torn between returning to Egypt and finding a niche abroad.

Terzian was a PEN Emerging Voices Scholarship recipient in 2001. She lives in California since 1970. She keeps her ties with her married daughter in London, through occasional visits, e-mail and Skype.†††

Birth Place
Cairo,  Egypt


- First Book. "The Immigrants' Daughter," Best
Books 2006 Award (posted at Amazon,Barnes and Noble,
other digital venues and available in bookstores on
- Dan Poynter's 2012 Global E-Book Award

- Second Book, "Politically Homeless, a five-year Odyssey
across three continents" published by Author House in

- Newsletter Editor Extraordinaire, awarded in December 2000 by The Aerospace Retirees' Club.

- First prize, Armenian Allied Arts Association Contest, English literature, Senior Division. 1992 and 1994.

Numerous in-club awards at Aerospace Toastmasters 401 Club and at the California Writers Club, San Fernando Valley Branch.

Additional Information

WORKING ON THE SEQUEL TO THE iMMIGRANTS' DAUGHTER. Writes articles along with book chapters. Most of the latest articles have been published online (keyword "Mary Terzian"). The urls are also listed on her private website: Invited to Armenia in 2013 for the International Writers' Conference to discuss Globalization and National Identity"

Contact Information
Mary Terzian
15220 Rochlen Street 
Hacienda Heights CA 91745   USA
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Just published: "Politically Homeless - an Odyssey across three continents." Her travels cover a five-year window - 1962-1967, in pursuit of a niche where she can settle and continue her studies. The book Is loaded with risk, adventures and unimaginable surprises during her trip to eighteen countries searching for stability which she finally finds in the United States.

The Parched Armenian
A meeting with a kindred soul revives memories of an itinerant life often alleviated by compatriots scattered around the world.

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