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As the Poppies Bloomed


"Lovingly written...As the Poppies Bloomed is a story of love, loss and in the end salvation - the best type of story we have to remind ourselves of some of the worst, and best, aspects of the human condition."

Huffington Post

Powerful and sensitive, this tragic novel helps illuminate a historical episode still to little known or acknowledged."

Kirkus Reviews

"Boyadjian based parts of the book on the stories of her own grandparents, survivors of the Armenian genocide. That comes through, both in the description and in the way the characters react to the ever-present dangers, and makes As the Poppies Bloomed a moving work."

     Foreword Reviews


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.

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.


Finalist 2015 USA Best Book Awards -Category, Best New Fiction

Honorable Mention 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards -Category, Mainstream Fiction

About the Author

Maral Boyadjian 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.


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