Thursday, May 28, 2015
In Aline Ohanesian's wonderful debut novel, Orhan's Inheritance, Orhan, a young Turk living in modern-day Turkey, finds out about his family's dark entanglement with the Armenian people after his grandfather Kemal dies and leaves his family home to an old Armenian woman living in a nursing home in southern California. Orhan decides to travel to the U.S. to meet this stranger, find out how she is connected to his grandfather, and ask her to sign the property back over to his family. His efforts unravel family secrets that have long been buried and reveal a story of love, loss, and survival. With chapters that travel back and forth between the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the early 1990s, we get a personal look at a tragic period in history that has been neglected for far too long.