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From the Author

For some reason, writing this book was much harder than writing Nine Years to Freedom. Probably, it was because the theme was about the life experiences of an Armenian woman like myself. However, I enjoyed  the work, because it reminded me of my own life back in Iran, both as a child and as a young girl.  At some point during my writing, I laughed like mad, and I cried bitterly while composing certain other chapters. I am happy that it is already appealing to women internationally.

About the Author

Armineh Ohanian has published a novel and two volumes of children’s story books from her “The Talking Animals” series. Recently, she has completed volume three – coauthored by her thirteen-year-old grandson, Alec Ohanian. She is now busy writing a memoir called “Letters From Abu Dhabi.” Armineh lives in Westhampton with her husband and three cats – her writing companions. She is passionate about writing, reading novels and playing tennis.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: LazyDay Publishing, LLC (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612580602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612580609
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,433,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

An American Armenian born in Iran, Armineh Helen Ohanian was published author already at age fifteen.

Armineh is the author of three novels and a Children storybook series called the Talking Animals.

Her "The Apple Tree Blossoms in the Fall" is a highly acclaimed creative memoir. This book earned honorable mention in the category of biography and autobiography at the 2014 LA Book Festival. In 2012 Armineh was invited to Oxford University in the United Kingdom to hold a book signing and talk about her memoir during the university's International Women's Day celebrations.

Armineh has lived in Europe and the United States since 1962. Presently she lives in Westhampton, New York, with her husband and three cats. She is passionate about writing, reading, playing tennis, and driving sports cars.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GB on September 26, 2012
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Congratulations to Armineh Ohanien for the publication of her fascinating book THE APPLE TREE BLOSSOMS IN THE FALL. I had the pleasure of reading Ms. Ohanien's manuscript before publication and it was an engaging read on a fascinating subject, giving the reader a glimpse into the lives of a family trying to escape an extremist regime in an historicaly significant period of time in the country of Iran shortly after the takeover by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Kudos to you, Armineh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss S on November 8, 2012
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This is a delightful memoir, Armineh Ohanian's 'The Apple Tree Blossoms in the Fall' tells the fascinating story of her life, beautifully written, with a charming honesty and engaging humour.

Beginning with the story of how her family fled the from the Armenian genocide to the safety of Iran, the author describes her idyllic childhood in a country that was once so beloved to her, and why she was so reluctant to leave. We hear of her journeys through the Middle East, the Soviet Union, Europe and the United States.

Armineh Ohanian tells stories of her adventures around the world and of the emotional journeys that accompanies them.

The author lays bare so much of her life; she tells stories of personal and political upheavals, stories of adversities and the challenges she's been faced with, and of the incredible courage and strength she has retained throughout them all.

Her story-telling is wonderfully interwoven with acute observations and an endearing sense of humour throughout.

A history lesson, a love story, and a rather good read. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sharon Fagan on November 3, 2012
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I am enjoying reading your very interesting novel.

The character Carineh is an inspirational role model. She is wise, witty, sassy and courageous.

It is amazing to read how she and Caro have overcome every adversity to become strong and successful.

The book illustrates how enduring family ties and loving relationships transcend nationality and are the universal qualities necessary for raising healthy and successful children. Love and faith are the glue that keep families together.

I know that you will be very well recieved at Oxford and that your message that inetlligence, courage and tenacity will inspire many young women who are struggling to assert their identity in male dominated societies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By b. doyle on October 8, 2012
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This true story is recounted through the eyes of a truly international woman. She opened my heart and mind to the culture and geography of a part of the world that dominates our politics today. It broadens its scope as this courageous and charming woman lives her life as a mother, wife and working woman in various countries. The author speaks of her life's journey in a way that keeps you wanting more as she finds joy and lessons to be learned from each of life's phases. I found myself admiring her tenacity, sense of humor and humanity as she faced very trying times. It was a terrific read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maxine on October 21, 2012
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This is a heartwarming story of an Armenian woman and the challenges she faces throughout her life. The story spans from her childhood loss, marriage, raising her family and the political strife she experiences while living in Iran and Europe. THE APPLE TREE BLOSSOMS IN FALL has well developed characters as well as an interesting historical perspective on family and culture in the Middle East.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brigitte Nioche on October 14, 2012
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The warm tone of the writing and the beautiful way to describe people, surroundings, and events made me feel at all times like I was there, like I was a part of it. And reading, in such an intimate way, about different cultures and the every day life of its people is a wonderful way to learn and understand the world better.
Once I had started reading, it was hard to put the book down and I was sorry when I turned to the last page - I was sorry that there was not more of it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam S. on October 6, 2012
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I loved it! Armineh Ohanian's story of Iran before the 1979 Revolution is a delightful collection of reminiscences of a simpler time. Carineh, the narrator, tells us about her Armenian Christian family living a privileged existence within the walls of their compound, yet outsiders in the Iranian Muslim community. She introduces us to a cast of characters quite unlike most American families, but universal in their appeal. As Carineh passes from mischievous child to adventurous teenager and suffers personal tragedies in her young life, including financial ruin after her father's untimely death, the family moves from the provincial town of Arak to the exciting capital, Tehran, where there is music, art, fashion and modern culture. It is also where she meets the man she will marry and who will take her to Europe for a different way of life. Yet her heart remains in Iran where her beloved mother and siblings still live. When her husband's job transfers him back to Tehran, she is overjoyed. It is the mid-1970's and the political climate is quickly changing as the Shah imposes one-party rule, terror and mass arrests. Ayatollah Khomeini is revered by the burgeoning Islamic extremist movement and Armenians and other minorities begin to fear for their lives and future. Carineh and her family have no choice but to try to get out as soon as they can. The last thing she would want is for her beautiful daughter to be forced to wear the veil and burqa if an Islamist state is declared! Fortunately, or as Carineh believes, by God's will, her husband is offered a job abroad and they all depart in early 1979. The story then follows the family to Switzerland, Russia and America where they enjoy a life blessed in many ways. Yet there are still some unsettling mysteries waiting to be resolved and which keep the reader engaged to the very end. I highly recommend this book ... you will definitely laugh and cry along the way!
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