NEW YORK — Inspired by his grandparents’ escape from the Armenian Genocide and subsequent experiences making a new life for themselves in a new country, author Edward Seto puts a fictional spin on their adventures in his new historical fiction, “Seeking a Better Life: Inspired by True Stories” (published by WestBow Press), the Broadway World reports.
“Seeking a Better Life” covers almost 100 years of history as it follows three generations of Armenians who fled their country in search of Western values of freedom and democracy. Eric, the book’s narrator, is fulfilling his promise to his grandparents to write a book about their escape from Armenia and how they met in Bulgaria, where they met and began a new life together.
As he chronicles his grandparents’ experiences, Eric realizes that he, his wife and their two daughters faced their own challenges as immigrants in Canada, learning English and French and adjusting to an entirely different culture. Although not as dramatic as his grandparents’ journey, his revelation shows how, ultimately, they were all pursuing the same basic goal: to create a better life for themselves and their children.
Edward Seto was born in Bulgaria. He has a bachelor’s degree in electromechanical engineering and automation of processes and has worked as production manager and vice president of a manufacturing company in Canada for 20 years. He lives with his wife in Quebec, Canada, and is one of the founders of a Bulgarian East Orthodox church in Montreal.