On the death of his grandfather Kemal in 1990, Orhan inherits the family business in rural Turkey. Orhan’s father is livid that he has been passed over. But even worse, the family home is bequeathed to an unknown woman named Seda who lives in the United States.
Orhan sets out to find out who this woman is and why his grandfather has given her this gift. In doing so, he uncovers both his family’s secrets and a national history of which he was unaware.
Weaving together the Turks’ horrific treatment of Armenians at the end of the Ottoman Empire and the history of Orhan’s family, Ohanesian buildsan unflinching novel that is both heartbreaking and riveting. It also offers insight into the effect that experiencing hatred and violence in the name of religion can have on personal faith. (Algonquin)