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The Sandcastle Girls (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Chris Bohjalian

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Title:The Sandcastle Girls
Authors:Chris Bohjalian
Info:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2012), Hardcover
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Tags:Armenia, Syria, Historical Fiction, ARC, Love Stories

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The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian (2012)

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A story centered on a genocide that so few of us know. Mr. Bohjalian does a wonderful job of weaving in facts with his storytelling (although I will be honest, it started out super slow and confusing to me - which is why it only got 4 stars). The characters are so life like and the story so intermixed with historical accuracy that it is hard to believe it is not a true story. ( )
  sunnydrk | Mar 13, 2017 |
Laura undertakes a journey of discovery when she sees a photo of her grandmother for a museum exhibit. It leads her to the Armenian genocide and her grandparents story there. ( )
  gbelik | Mar 11, 2017 |

The strength of this novel lies with the historical facts, and it's a heartbreaking story. Kudos to Bohjalian for bringing the little-known history of the Armenian genocide to the attention of so many. It's shocking that most of us were not taught about this in our schools. How can it be that the slaughter of 1.5 million people has largely gone unnoticed?


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  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
Cheesy title and cover art, but the novel is actually a very thoughtful and informative story, and sheds light on a tragic, terrible piece of history which was a precursor to the Holocaust a generation later. ( )
  trwm | Oct 6, 2016 |
I did not enjoy this book at all. Perhaps the subject matter was too dark- the Armenian Genocide. Or perhaps it was the flipping back and forth from Syria in 1915 to New York in 2012. It was definitely too heavy for reading in this beautiful spring weather. ( )
  bettyroche | Jun 2, 2016 |
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A story centered on a genocide that so few of us know. Mr. Bohjalian does a wonderful job of weaving in facts with his storytelling (although I will be honest, it started out super slow and confusing to me - which is why it only got 4 stars). The characters are so life like and the story so intermixed with historical accuracy that it is hard to believe it is not a true story
 
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The Sandcastle Girls is a sweeping historical love story steeped in Chris Bohjalian's Armenian heritage.
When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke, a crash course in nursing,  and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language.  The year is 1915 and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide.  There Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter.  When Armen leaves Aleppo and travels south into Egypt to join the British army, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, and comes to realize that he has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman who is so different from the wife he lost.
Fast forward to the present day, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York.  Although her grandparents' ornate Pelham home was affectionately nicknamed "The Ottoman Annex," Laura has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought. But when an old friend calls, claiming to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura's grandmother promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, Laura embarks on a journey back through her family's history that reveals love, loss - and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.

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"Parallel stories of a woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier during the Armenian Genocide and a modern-day New Yorker prompted to rediscover her Armenian past"--

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