Book Recommendation: Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian

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Book Recommendation: Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian

Orhan's Inheritance  (2015) by Aline Ohanesian is an excellent historical novel and I recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book.

Aline Ohanesian

Aline Ohanesian's great-grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Her history was the kernel for the story that Ohanesian tells in her first novel, Orhan's Inheritance. Ohanesian was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction and Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. Born in Northridge, California, she lives and writes in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband and two young sons. Her website is

Goodreads Review of Orhan's Inheritance

In her extraordinary debut, Aline Ohanesian has created two remarkable characters—a young man ignorant of his family’s and his country’s past, and an old woman haunted by the toll the past has taken on her life.

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather Kemal—a man who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs—is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But Kemal’s will raises more questions than it answers. He has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in an Armenian retirement home in Los Angeles. Her existence and secrecy about her past only deepen the mystery of why Orhan’s grandfather willed his home in Turkey to an unknown woman rather than to his own son or grandson.

Left with only Kemal’s ancient sketchbook and intent on righting this injustice, Orhan boards a plane to Los Angeles. There he will not only unearth the story that eighty-seven-year-old Seda so closely guards but discover that Seda’s past now threatens to unravel his future. Her story, if told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which his family has been built. 

Moving back and forth in time, between the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the 1990s, Orhan’s Inheritance is a story of passionate love, unspeakable horrors, incredible resilience, and the hidden stories that can haunt a family for generations.

“Aline Ohanesian draws from her family’s own dark history to create a tender, powerful story of love and reclamation. Orhan’s Inheritance is a breathtaking and expansive work of historical fiction and proof that the past can sometimes rewrite the future.” —Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train




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Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - the author's name seems familiar to me although I am certain I don't know her specifically or her books.  Northridge is not that far from us - well, as the crow flies but in traffic - well, that's another story.  

Dec 14, 2021 04:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. I'll add it to my list of future considerations. It is a list getting longer everyday. Enjoy your day.

Dec 14, 2021 04:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy. Sounds fascinating. We have very good friends of Armenian heritage and I might just buy this book to send to them.

Dec 14, 2021 04:51 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning, Roy.
This does sound like an interesting book. Thanks for the recommendation.

Dec 14, 2021 04:58 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It sounds like a very good book.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

Dec 14, 2021 06:12 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Roy,

Thank you for your recommendation, and I am chuckling at Michael Jacobs comment.  Traffic in Los Angeles, and sometimes in our area is overwhelming...We are blessed with pouring rain since late yesterday afternoon.  No complaints, as every drop is precious. A

Dec 14, 2021 06:41 AM
Michael Jacobs

Rain started overnight here.  

Dec 14, 2021 06:43 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Thank you for the book review, Roy. Sounds like quite the interesting read

Dec 14, 2021 04:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohansian sound like a great read for bookworms out there, Roy.

Dec 16, 2021 09:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Dec 16, 2021 01:02 PM