'The Legacy of Lost Things' and the Lives of Armenian-American Immigrants

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Annie Karakaian, 101, a survivor of mass killings of Armenians in what was then the Ottoman Empire in 1915, attends a rally in Times Square marking the 90th anniversary April 24, 2005 in New York Cit
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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a campaign of systematic extermination led by the Ottoman Empire during World War I that's believed to have left more a million Armenians dead.

Those who survived went on to become refugees around the world. Today, an estimated 150,000 Armenians live in the New York tri-state region.

Aida Zilelian's debut novel, "The Legacy of Lost Things," looks at the difficult lives of three generations of Armenian-American immigrants in Queens, New York, a family much like her own.

What makes Aida's book unique is its willingness to directly tackle with the way historic trauma expresses itself in family life.