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Orhan's Inheritance


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Like Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife, and Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son, Ohanesian's moving debut showcases formidable storytelling talents and powerful truths.

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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. Ohanesian was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction and Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers. Born in Northridge, California, she lives and writes in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband and two young sons. Her website is


"Aline Ohanesian draws from her family's own dark history to create a tender, powerful story of love and reclamation. "Orhan's Inheritance" is a breathtaking and expansive work of historical fiction and proof that the past can sometimes rewrite the future." --Christina Baker Kline, author of "Orphan Train" "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"

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