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“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

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather, who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs, is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But his grandfather has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, Seda, an aging woman in a retirement home in Los Angeles. Over time, Orhan begins to unearth the story that eighty-seven-year-old Seda so closely guards–a story that, if it’s told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which Orhan’s family is built and could unravel Orhan’s own future.

Like Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Téa 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.


No. 1 Indie Next Pick for April

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Orhan's Inheritance, explores the ripple effect a traumatic event can have over time, yet still strikes a hopeful tone for the future . . . As Orhan learns more about his grandfather's past, and his own personal connection to the genocide, his awareness expands. Hence why stories like this are so important: We shouldn't hide from the past, because then the past will repeat itself. What we can try to do is make amends, and learn from the past. This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide, making this novel a timely commemoration.”—Everyday Ebook

Orhan’s Inheritance is a book with a mission, giving a voice to history’s silent victims . . . Orhan’s Inheritance is itself a lament disguised as a romance, a narrative in which the reclamation of a family home, the weaves of carpets, even the scent of a handkerchief come to represent a private version of a much larger historical tragedy. ‘All of life, Orhan realizes, is a story within a story; how we choose to listen and which words we choose to speak makes all the difference.’ It is this realization that will finally be Orhan’s grandfather’s greatest legacy.” —New York Times Book Review

“Rich, tragic, compelling, and realized with deep care and insight.” —Elle

Meet the author

Photo Credit: Raffi Hadidian

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. She lives and writes in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband and two young sons.