The Doves of Ohanavank
Zanoyan does not sugarcoat the horrific reality of human trafficking... -Clarion Review for A Place Far Away
After surviving months of forced prostitution, hauntingly beautiful Lara Galian returns home. She's had to kill for her freedom, murdering the ruthless oligarch responsible for her abduction and captivity.
She has lived for months with one goal: to return home. But now Lara finds home has changed. Either that or her experiences have changed her irrevocably. No one can possibly understand what she went through during her captivity. Even surrounded by loving family and friends, eighteen-year-old Lara feels alone, trapped in the prison of her own secrets and traumatic memories.
While Lara struggles to reestablish some measure of normalcy in her life, new threats begin to surface. Organized crime isn't done with her yet, and now threatens not just Lara, but those she holds dear. A supportive family may not be enough to shelter Lara from the coming storm, or help her overcome her hidden scars.
The sequel to A Place Far Away, The Doves of Ohanavank poignantly explores the challenges faced by survivors of sex trafficking. Zanoyan's uncompromising descriptions of the sex trade, coupled with his deeply nuanced characters, create a captivating mystery and psychological tour de force.
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About the Author
Vahan Zanoyan is a writer, traveler, global energy consultant, and anti-trafficking advocate.
Zanoyan has published two volumes of poetry in Armenian, and two novels in English. Inspired by a chance meeting with a survivor of the sex trafficking trade, A Place Far Away was published in 2013. Its sequel, The Doves of Ohanavank, followed in 2014. Zanoyan currently divides his time between Southern California, Armenia, and the Middle East.