Aida Zilelian is a New York writer and English teacher. Her debut novel The Legacy of Lost Things was released in March 2015 (Bleeding Heart Publications) and was the recipient of the 2014 Tololyan Literary Award. Her work has been published in several anthologies and over twenty-five literary journals including Per Contra, Red Fez, Wilderness House Literary Review, Theurgy and others. She has read her work at various reading series’ in Queens and Manhattan including Sunday Salon, Phoenix Reading Series, Gartal, Rez Reading Series, Oh, Bernice!, and First Tuesdays. She is the curator of Boundless Tales, a reading series in Queens, NY. In 2011 her first novel THE HOLLOWING MOON was one of the four semi-finalists of the Anderbo Novel Contest.. She is currently working on her third novel.
The Legacy of Lost Things
The Legacy of Lost Things tells the story of the Yessayians, an Armenian family who immigrate to Queens, NY in the 1970’s. It is there when Levon and Tamar meet for the first time, marry and eventually have two daughters. Years pass and Levon and Tamar wake up one summer morning to discover that their eldest daughter, Araxi, has run away. Unbeknownst to them, she has driven all the way to Sante Fe, New Mexico and has no plans of returning.
Through each chapter, we see reality from the perspective of each character: Tamar’s life in Beirut and her forbidden love for her childhood love Faris, Levon’s tyrannical father and abused mother, Araxi’s insulated life as she witnesses her parents’ dysfunctional marriage, and Sophie, the young wide-eyed child who is now lost without her sister’s guidance.
Traveling back through three generations from Romania to Beirut and Queens, NY, THE LEGACY OF LOST THINGS tells the story of an Armenian family who suffers their own private isolation and tries to regain themselves during the most unforeseeable of circumstances.