Family of Shadows
“Engrossing and inspiring… A story of personal redemption and national renewal.” -Jay Freeman
“Hovannisian narrates in a swift, novel-like style… Cultural history and memoir gracefully entwined.”
The Weekly Standard
Skillfully combining Armenia’s story with his own, Garin Hovannisian has written a thoughtful, thorough, and eloquent account of his family’s history as it has moved between two worlds, connected by the fetters of tragedy and the threads of faith, identity, and troubled memory.
The New Republic
Perhaps out of justified skepticism toward the genre of the personal memoir, he largely keeps himself on the sidelines of his story… When the author does allow himself to emerge into the foreground of the story, the result is fascinating…pungently well realized, and gives the reader a visceral understanding of the reality of this period.