By Daphne Abeel
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
Agop J. Hacikyan’s new novel focuses on the complex identity of the Kardam family, and in particular on the story of its youngest son, Nour, who discovers a secret in his past that sets this multi-plotted tale in motion.
The novel opens in the 1950s and moves between the Kardam mansion (or yali) on the Bosporus and New York, the two poles of the story.
Nour, the youngest son of Riza Bey, is in his early 30s, partially educated in the United States and has been appointed above his older brothers to take charge of his father’s successful tobacco business. Riza Bey is portrayed as a deeply flawed character, a successful businessman and philanthropist in the present, but a former governor of Aintab who identified with the Young Turks and possibly was complicit in the Armenian Genocide. He has married three women and is the father of six sons and three daughters.