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.
Kaspar's son, Richard, leaves the family farm and helps pioneer
the field of Armenian studies in the United States, becoming a
worldwide authority on genocide. Richard's 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. Hovannisian's Family of Shadows is a
breathtaking saga of tragedy, memory, and redemption that
illuminates the long shadows that history casts on the lives of
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