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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: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

More About the Author

Armineh was born in Iran from Armenian origin. She started writing children's stories in her church magazine in Tehran already at the age of fifteen. Armineh, her husband and children have lived in the four corners of the world since 1962. Armineh has been writing children's books for the past ten years. Since she is an animal lover and believes she can communicate with them, her stories are about animals that talk. She has a series called, "The Talking Animals". Armineh also writes novels. Her book, "Nine Years to Freedom," previously titled, "Dreaming of America - A Daring Escape," is about one of the Shah's generals' daring escape from Khomeini's Iran. Armineh has also written a fiction called, "The Apple Tree Blossoms in the Fall," published by Lazy Day Publishers. Armineh has completed the third volume of "the Talking Animals," coauthored with Alec, her fourteen-year-old grandson, which she intends to publish soon. Her "The Apple Tree Blossoms in the Fall," has earned her an invitation from Oxford University in the UK, where she will be reading some passages from her book and do book-signing. Armineh lives in Westhampton with her husband and three cats, her writing companions.

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The Iranian culture is so foreign to most of us.
DENNIS DE ROSE
Her story-telling is wonderfully interwoven with acute observations and an endearing sense of humour throughout.
Miss S Warren
I am enjoying reading your very interesting novel.
Dr. Sharon Fagan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Goldie Browning on September 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MVVO on September 27, 2012
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The Apple Tree Blossoms in the Fall is a fascinating story!
It transported me to a time and place where human relationships and habits were different from today. I traveled to Arak, a strict Islamic city where Carineh was born and raised until she was 11 years old. I lived through her experiences as a young girl in Teheran; rich and spoiled to start with, and then destitute. I saw her fall in love with the man of her life and go against her family wishes when they found out about his true identity. (forbid her to marry him.) I felt her insecurities and emotional ups and downs, wishing she were taller, blond, and more assertive. Some passages are really funny and others so sad...I cried when her beloved father died from pneumonia after he got baptized in a cold river to become a born again Christian. I was amazed to meet Ayatollah Khomeini as a guest in their house during the time when her father did some business transactions with him. This happened way before Ayatollah Khomeini took center stage in the Iranian politics. Reading this book made me realize that miracles are possible. Indeed, I saw the apple tree blossom in the Fall!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By O. van Vlodrop on September 26, 2012
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This was pleasant to read, fast paced, above all very fascinating, describing the challenges facing an Armenian woman, born and raised in Iran during the Shah's reign with an eventful life continuing in the four corners of the world; I highly recommend this book.
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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 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 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 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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