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Family of Shadows: A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream

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As a world war rages through Europe in 1915, Ottoman authorities commence the systematic slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians—the first genocide of modern history. Alone, a teenage boy named Kaspar Hovannisian escapes the ruins of his ancestral homeland to pursue the American dream. In the San Joaquin Valley of California, he cultivates a small farm and invests in real estate. But memories of Armenia burn strong—a complicated legacy of love, anguish, and faith in a national rebirth.

Kaspars son, Richard, leaves the family farm and helps pioneer the field of Armenian studies in the United States, becoming a worldwide authority on genocide. Richards son, Raffi, is also haunted—and inspired—by the past. In 1989, he leaves his law firm in Los Angeles to stage the original act of repatriation to Soviet Armenia, where he goes on to play an historic role in the creation of a new republic.

Part investigative family memoir and part history of the Armenian people, Garin K. Hovannisians Family of Shadows is a breathtaking saga of tragedy, memory, and redemption that illuminates the long shadows that history casts on the lives of men.

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Combining the historical urgency of The Burning Tigris, the cultural sweep of Middlesex, and the psychological complexity of Bending Toward the Sun, Garin K. Hovannisian's Family of Shadows is a searing history of Armenia, realized through the lives of three generations of a single family. In Family of Shadows, Hovannisian traces the arc of his family's changing relationship to its motherland, from his great-grandfather's flight to America after surviving the Armenian Genocide to his father Raffi Hovannisian's repatriation and subsequent climb to political prominence as the head of the Heritage Party. Hovannisian's articles on Armenian issues, including the Genocide, the Armenian Diaspora, and the challenges of post-Soviet statehood, have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Armenian Observer, Ararat, and numerous other publications.

About the Author

Garin K. Hovannisian is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing and the Lynton Award for Book Writing. He lives in Los Angeles and Yerevan, Armenia. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Liberty.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061792144
Subtitle:
A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream
Author:
Hovannisian, Garin K.
Author:
Godbersen, Anna
Author:
Lehane, Dennis
Publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
The Luxe
Publication Date:
20111129
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.1875 x 1.12 in 7.52 oz
Age Level:
from 14

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Middle Eastern American
History and Social Science » Middle East » Turkey
History and Social Science » Russia » Post Soviet Republics
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Combining the historical urgency of The Burning Tigris, the cultural sweep of Middlesex, and the psychological complexity of Bending Toward the Sun, Garin K. Hovannisian's Family of Shadows is a searing history of Armenia, realized through the lives of three generations of a single family. In Family of Shadows, Hovannisian traces the arc of his family's changing relationship to its motherland, from his great-grandfather's flight to America after surviving the Armenian Genocide to his father Raffi Hovannisian's repatriation and subsequent climb to political prominence as the head of the Heritage Party. Hovannisian's articles on Armenian issues, including the Genocide, the Armenian Diaspora, and the challenges of post-Soviet statehood, have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Armenian Observer, Ararat, and numerous other publications.
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