A Perfect Armenian
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9780985412401, $25.95, 320pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Tavid Kaloustian, a cunning and determined young Armenian, does whatever it takes to protect his family and friends from a quickly approaching genocide. Trained as a chemist to work in the silk industry, Tavid trades his knowledge for both survival and the hefty profit of the opium trade. He is a major player in the local black market, moving stealthily through enemy forces often disguised as one of "them." After Turkish soldiers killed his beloved grandfather, Tavid's actions are fueled by rage. He becomes the misunderstood protector of his people; a charming one-man army, ready to take a life in order to save another. As he seeks justice, however, he learns that things aren't always, as they seem. He discovers that before his death, his grandfather had initiated a shrewd plan, setting Tavid on an obstacle-ridden path to reunite his family. A novel based upon historic events, "A Perfect Armenian" leads the reader into the intimate world of cultural conflict. From Constantinople to Cyprus, "A Perfect Armenian" takes the twists and turns so deeply rooted in the duality of human nature. www.aperfectarmenian.com
Critique: The Armenian Genocide was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects from their historic homeland in the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey. The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested some 250...