First published to international acclaim in 1940, My Name is Aram
is a collection of semi-autobiographical stories about a boy of Armenian descent called Aram Garoghlanian set in Fresno, California.
The book is novel-like in that the stories all involve the same character and are placed in a roughly chronological order, the first story taking place when Aram is 9 years old, the last when he is a young man leaving his hometown for the first time.
Each episode vibrates with warmth and humour, building a rich portrait of Aram’s large family and of the immigrant experience in general – an utter delight of a book, as easy to read today as it was when it was published almost 70 years ago.
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