ODAR Book One: Jido

Denice Peter Karamardian grew up in Ithaca, New York, thinking she was Syrian – part of the small Syrian community that co-mingled with Greek, Italian, and other 20th century immigrant communities that helped to build the little city from the turn of the 20th century. Although both of her paternal grandparents came from Syria and spoke in Syrian, she was only half right. At the age of 12, she learned that her grandfather was actually Armenian and certain mysteries and stories emerged upon his death. Denice spent a lifetime searching for answers and details.

The result is a trilogy, presented as historic fiction but based entirely upon the true story of the Karamardian family across continents, wars, and generations. The series is called Odar, which means “other” in Armenian; sometimes it can mean “stranger” or “foreigner”. The author tracks a parallel narration of her own coming of age as it relates to the discoveries she makes in her search for identity.

About the Book

Hovsep Karamardian is on the precipice of adulthood. Finishing his education, he awaits a life in the family business that seems to him like a prison. On an errand to market, an unexpected confrontation forever changes him. After living a life surrounded by family and friends in Kessab, he is abruptly forced to travel with his brother to start again in the Americas.

Hovsep is odar or other in this new world. Relying on nothing but his own intrepid nature and ability to adapt, he finds work, love, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Thus begins a story that will span generations and trace the unfolding of improbably linked fates. Denice Peter Karamardian’s Jido explores the honoring of family, memory, and legacy even in the midst of new beginnings and evolving identities.

About the Author

Denice Peter Karamardian owns and operates a regional publication for Finger Lakes wine visitors and is at work on several books. She is retired from a rich tapestry of overlapping careers that spanned over forty plus years and included instructing voice, host/producer of radio concert broadcast series, fifty years of music and theater performance, columnist and reviewer. She currently lives in her hometown of Ithaca, New York (where she operated a bed and breakfast for two decades) near/with her family.

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