The Resource The gimmicks, Chris McCormick

The gimmicks, Chris McCormick

Label
The gimmicks
Title
The gimmicks
Statement of responsibility
Chris McCormick
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Set in the waning years of the Cold War, a stunning debut novel about a trio of young Armenians that moves from the Soviet Union, across Europe, to Southern California, and at its center, one of the most tragic cataclysms in twentieth-century history -- the Armenian Genocide -- whose traumatic reverberations will have unexpected consequences on all three lives. This exuberant, wholly original novel begins in Kirovakan, Armenia, in 1971. Ruben Petrosian is a serious, solitary young man who cares about two things: mastering the game of backgammon to beat his archrival, Mina, and studying the history of his ancestors. Ruben grieves the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, a crime still denied by the descendants of its perpetrators, and dreams of vengeance. When his orphaned cousin, Avo, comes to live with his family, Ruben's life is transformed. Gregarious and physically enormous, with a distinct unibrow that becomes his signature, Avo is instantly beloved. He is everything Ruben is not, yet the two form a bond they swear never to break. But their paths diverge when Ruben vanishes -- drafted into an extremist group that will stop at nothing to make Turkey acknowledge the genocide. Unmoored by Ruben's disappearance, Avo and Mina grow close in his absence. But fate brings the cousins together once more, when Ruben secretly contacts Avo, convincing him to leave Mina and join the extremists -- a choice that will dramatically alter the course of their lives. Left to unravel the threads of this story is Terry "Angel Hair" Krill, a veteran of both the US Navy and the funhouse world of professional wrestling, whose life intersects with Avo, Ruben, and Mina's in surprising and devastating ways. Told through alternating perspectives, The Gimmicks is a masterpiece of storytelling. Chris McCormick brilliantly illuminates the impact of history and injustice on ordinary lives and challenges us to confront the spectacle of violence and the specter of its aftermath." --
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10831714
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1987-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McCormick, Chris
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Armenian massacres, 1915-1923
  • Extremists
  • Armenian massacres (1915-1923)
  • Extremists
  • Families
  • Asia
Label
The gimmicks, Chris McCormick
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1100599334
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
368 pages
Isbn
9780062908568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1100599334
Label
The gimmicks, Chris McCormick
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1100599334
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
368 pages
Isbn
9780062908568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1100599334

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