Bohjalian created a powerful narrative that highlights the horror and heartache of the Armenian genocide of 1915 while showing the spirit and strength of the survivors. Although violent and graphic at times, it felt necessary to the story and did not feel at all gratuitous. Bohjalian prevents the reader from becoming maudlin by interspersing a contemporary storyline about the grand-daughter’s interest in her grandparents past. I read this via audio and loved the idea of two separate narrators—one for each storyline. I thought Cassandra Campbell set the perfect tone for the historical narrative. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for the contemporary storyline. I’m not sure if it was due to the story itself or because I disliked Alison’s Frasers portrayal of the adult grand-daughter. Either way, this part of the book was far less compelling and just didn’t work for me.