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Aline Ohanesian - "Orhan's Inheritance"

Aline Ohanesian - "Orhan's Inheritance"

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 7:30pm PDT

7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Annie BarrowsWarwick's is hosting debut novelist and finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, Aline Ohanesian on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:30pm to discuss and sign Orhan's Inheritance. Aline Ohanesian’s great-grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Her history was the kernel for the story that Ohanesian tells in her first novel, Orhan's Inheritance. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

 

 

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Readers who were moved by the work of Carol Edgarian, Mark Mustian, and Nancy Kricorian will appreciate the historical authenticity and passion that Aline Ohanesian brings to this story of the Armenian Genocide. Orhan's Inheritance is heartfelt and sincere. — Chris Bohjalian, author of The Sandcastle Girls

Moving between the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the 1990s, Orhan's Inheritance is a story of passionate love, unspeakable horrors, incredible resilience, and the hidden stories that haunt a family. A remarkable debut from an important new voice... Beautiful and terrible and, finally, indelible. — Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America

To take the tumultuous history of Turks and Armenians in the early part of the past century, to tell the stories of families and lovers from the small everyday moments of life to the terrible journeys of death, to make a novel so engrossing and keep us awake—that is an accomplishment, and Aline Ohanesian's first novel is such a wonderful accomplishment. — Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon 

From its first startling image, Orhan's Inheritance will seep under your skin and leave an indelible mark upon your heart. What lucky readers we are to inherit Aline Ohanesian's gorgeous work. — Gayle Brandeis, author of Delta Girls

"They found him inside one of seventeen cauldrons in the courtyard, steeping in an indigo dye two shades darker than the summer sky. His arms and chin were propped over the copper edge, but the rest of Kemal Turkoglu, age ninety-three, had turned a pretty pale blue."

When Orhan's brilliant and eccentric grandfather, who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs, is found dead in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But his grandfather's will raises more questions than it answers. Kemal has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in a retirement home in Los Angeles. Her existence and secrecy about her past only deepen the mystery of why Orhan's grandfather would have left their home to this woman rather than to his own family.

Intent on righting this injustice, Orhan boards a plane to Los Angeles. There, over many meetings, he will unearth the story that eighty-seven-year-old Seda so closely guards—the story that, if told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which Orhan's family is built, the story that could unravel Orhan's own future.