Compelling and important,about the aftermath in the U.S. of the Armenian Genocide
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The Ash Tree by Daniel Melnick tells a timeless story of the romance and marriage between an Armenian woman born in America and her immigrant husband who survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Turkey. In the aftermath of the Genocide, from the 1920s through the 1960s, the couple and their three children become vivid, quintessentially American characters, only for tragedy to find them again. The cover painting with its frayed and white-washed frame is by the author’s wife, Jeanette Arax Melnick, and the novel is based partly on the lives of the Arax family. Combining history and fictionalized memoir, The Ash Tree is an important, beautifully written novel of survival, new life, and heartbreak.


Daniel Melnick - author of The Ash Tree, a novel - has taught at UC Berkeley where he earned his PhD, California State University at Fresno, Cleveland State University from 1972 to 2004 where he retired as an Emeritus Professor of English, and is now teaching at Case Western Reserve University. His study of music and modern literature, Fullness of Dissonance, was published in 1994, and he has also published a series of articles on modern literature as well as several stories.
His novel Hungry Generations was published in 2004, about the community of émigré musicians who lived in Los Angeles in the 1940s, and in 2011, he published Acts of Terror and Contrition – eight stories of the eighties and a novella narrating an alternative history of Israel’s experience during the 1991 Iraq War. He is completing another novel, Pathological States, about a physician and his family living in Los Angeles in 1992.
Daniel is married to the artist Jeanette Melnick (née Arax) whose paintings are on the cover of both Hungry Generations and The Ash Tree, a novel based on the experience of her parents in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide.