Review: Orhan’s Inheritance

Orhan's InheritanceOrhan’s Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Highly readable, fictionalized story of the effects of the Armenian genocide on two families during and after World War I. It starts off pretty slow, but once we flash back to the lives of the characters in WW1, things got interesting.

I don’t think the book was all that effective at explaining why any of this happened, which was a disappointment. Anytime historical detail was covered, it was in some kind of information dump in the narrative or awkward, overly-expository dialogue between characters. I did not find this book to be especially well-written. However, it did shed a bit of light on a topic that doesn’t receive much attention in popular fiction and is still considered controversial by many around the world, so I did ultimately feel it was a worthwhile read.

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