I knew next to nothing about the history of the Armenian people when I started reading this book. I had no idea of the genocide of Armenians during WWI. I know about it now and I’m glad I do. (I’m more than a little concerned that this isn’t common knowledge. At least it wasn’t to me.)
The best works of historical fiction teach me something while telling me a great story and this was definitely one of those books.
The story travels between Syria in 1915 and New York in 2012. If there was one thing I didn’t love about this book it was that it didn’t ALL take place in 1915. I love to be swept up into the history of a time and place. Whenever the narrative would switch to modern times I felt a bit jarred.
I believe that is Chris Bohjalian’s 14th book. I’ve read a number of his other novels and he never disappoints. I highly recommend this one.
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