Black Dog of Fate

  • by Peter Balakian
  • Narrated by Peter Balakian
  • 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first-born son of his generation, Peter Balakian grew up in a close, extended family, sheltered by 1950s and '60s New Jersey suburbia. He was immersed in an all-American boyhood defined by rock 'n' roll, adolescent pranks, and a passion for the New York Yankees that he shared with his beloved grandmother. But beneath this sunny world lay the dark specter of the trauma his family and ancestors had experienced: the Turkish government's extermination of more than a million Armenians in 1915, including many of Balakian's relatives, in the century's first genocide.
In elegant, moving prose, Black Dog of Fate charts Balakian's growth and personal awakening to the facts of his family's history and the horrifying aftermath of the Turkish government's continued campaign to cover up one of the worst crimes ever committed against humanity. In unearthing the secrets of a family's past and how they affect its present, Black Dog of Fate gives fresh meaning to the story of what it means to be an American.


What the Critics Say

"A rare work of seasoned introspection, haunting beauty, and high moral seriousness." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Balakian writes with power and poignancy, confronting his past with justified outrage and transforming that outrage into art." (Library Journal)


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Great book!

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Poetic intensity

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. . . and you thought "Stand By Me" was a good story!

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Loved it

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- Lm

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I could not get past the reader's tedious monotone...if I had not needed to finish this book for a book group, I never would have made it to the end. I wanted to put it down after an hour.

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- Janice Horowitz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios