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Family of Shadows: A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream Hardcover – September 21, 2010
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Garin Hovannisian brings a historian’s rigor, a poet’s lyricism, and a native son’s passion to this remarkable book. Intimate as memoir yet expansive as an epic, Family of Shadows puts the Armenian experience, in all its tragedy and triumph, into memorably human terms. -Samuel G. Freedman, author of Who She Was: My Search for My Mother’s Life
The history of the Hovannisian family is an extraordinary saga, and Garin Hovannisian provides here a moving account of its survival and triumph through three generations. Weaving together history, culture, and original reporting, Family of Shadows is an inspired tribute, full of passion and appreciation for the genealogy of the Hovannisian family and its transformation into an American success story. -Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York and author of The Road to Home: My Life and Times
With what one can only describe as an artistic skill, Garin Hovannisian interleaves the micro-story of his resilient family with the macro-narrative of the Armenian Genocide. One swiftly learns to appreciate the true meaning of the word ‘indestructible’. -Christopher Hitchens, author of Hitch-22: A Memoir
Garin Hovannisian tells one of modern history’s great unexamined stories. Whether you are an Armenian American like me or come to this story anew, Family of Shadows will move you with the intensity and intimacy of its detail. The Hovannisian family lived the story of the extinction and resurrection of the Armenian nation, and we are lucky that Garin Hovannisian has put it all down on paper so that the world can understand. -David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Body of Lies
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The good news is that, despite the tragedy of the Armenian genocide and its aftermath, the story of the Hovannisian family is one of hope and one of resilience. If anything can be done to repair this broken country, it most certainly will stem from one of the many memorable characters in Family of Shadows.
Armenians will recognize many familiar names and stories in the pages of this book, while non-Armenians will get introduced to one of the most amazing nations on the face of the Earth. Surviving Genocide and rising to prominence in the US, the Hovhannisian family's story bears similarities to that of a number of other Armenians in various parts of the globe and is a wonderful testament to the importance of identity and heritage. The book is well written and a pleasure to read and the author is, at times, painfully honest about his own relationships with the protagonists.
Garin K. Hovhannisyan has made a strong debut in the world of global literature and after reading Family of Shadows, I find myself looking forward to his next books!
I didn't know much about Armenians before reading this book. I have some friends, and would overhear their memories from time to time. After reading Hovannisian's book I feel like I understand them so much better. This is a great book for non-Armenians who are at all curious about this strange and resilient culture.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was amazing I own 3 copies and I reckoned but to many people. The book was actually written by my cousin and our whole family is proud of him. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dvean
Garin Hovannisian does all Armenians a great service by following his Grandfather's tragic five year existence during the Armenian Massacres, leading to the Grandfather coming to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Johnny
A great book--3 generations of a brilliant Armenian family, told by the grandson at UCLA, in clear, crisp words, HaroldPublished on June 19, 2013 by Harold Takooshian
This is a great book. The author captures the family's story beautifully as well as teaches readers about Armenian history.Published on April 17, 2013 by nck
Garin Hovannisian presents his first ambitious literary work by undertaking to record three generations of one of the earth's oldest peoples, the Armenians. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Vahe
Tremendously interesting, factual and very human story. It meant a great deal to me as and American of Armenia descent because I knew many of the characters. Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by jes
If there was just one book about their historical ethnic heritage my half-Armenian grand children had to read, I would suggest this one. Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by CerebralMM
Truly a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down from the moment I started reading. A must read for all!Published on November 29, 2011 by Hermine B
A great family story and an enjoyable read from a talented young writer, who, in my humble opinion, has potential to achieve international fame. Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by Raf AK