Double Bronze Winner, 2015 Foreword INDIEFAB Book for the Year Awards Finalist, Best New Fiction Category, 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist, Best New Fiction Category, 2015 USA Best Book Awards Honorable Mention, Mainstream Literary Fiction, 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Book Awards It is 1913 and late summer in the Ottoman Empire. The sun rises, full and golden, atop a lush, centuries-old village tucked into the highlands where the blood-red poppies bloom. Outside the village leader's home, the sound of voices carries past the grapevines to the lane where Anno, his youngest daughter, slips out unseen. She heads to a secret meeting place. She forgets that enemies surround her village. She forgets that her father meets each day with trepidation. She knows only the love she has for Daron, who waits for her as she hastens to him, once again breaking the ancient rules of courtship. Anno and Daron wish for nothing more than marriage and a better day alongside their neighbors, but neither is prepared for the dark, dangerous secret that Daron's father keeps or the upheaval that will soon envelop their village, their land, and their hearts.
About the Author
Maral Boyadijan is the granddaughter of four Armenian genocide survivors who weaves the memories and experiences of her grandparents into her writing. She lives in Granada Hills, California.
On the eve of war and destruction, an Armenian family tries to maintain its traditional way of life in this historical novel.
Powerful and sensitive, this tragic novel helps illuminate a historical episode still too little known or acknowledged.