By Alin K. Gregorian
LOS ANGELES — Since 2015, the year marking the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the floodgates have opened to mark this bitter anniversary not only with documentaries, but through art. The Armenian Genocide has served as a backdrop for many movies, books or paintings this past year and even now.
One novel that has received rave reviews and seen huge sales has been Orhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian. The hardcover came out in 2015 and after a tremendous reception, the paperback was published earlier this year.
The book combines the tender story of love-struck teens amidst the background of the Armenian Genocide, uprooting and death, while also telling the contemporary story of a young Turkish man who upon the death of his grandfather, realizes that the family’s homestead has been willing to an old Armenian woman in a Los Angeles nursing home.
The story captures the experiences of a well-to-do Armenian family right at the start of the Armenian Genocide. Of course, it is crushing to read how they are going about their lives, not realizing that the end is near.