Signing A Requiem, Armenian Style.
Shushanig is an Armenian refugee who has converted to the Salvation Army. She meets Albert, a Salvationist who aspires to serve God in the Congo. Shushanig and Albert fall in love, marry and have children while pursuing their religious vocation, first as officers of the Salvation Army, then as ministers of several evangelical churches. Middle daughter Ruth breaks away from religion altogether and makes her life in Winnipeg, which is where her parents relocate after Shushanig becomes ill with Alzheimer’s disease. As the worlds of Albert and Ruth collide, she embarks on the journey of saving her mother’s story and claiming her sorrowful but rich Armenian heritage. Within this family’s personal microcosm are universal themes of faith and disbelief, loss and hope, the clashing—and claiming—of cultural identity and memory, and the complexity of caring for people with disabilities.
Author Ruth Hodder lives in Winnipeg with her husband Günter Krause and her dog Sam. This is her first book.