The Sandcastle Girls

The Sandcastle Girls

eBook - 2012
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385534802
Characteristics: 1 online resource (299 p.)


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The Armenian Massacre (1915-1923) is one of the darkest chapters of World War I (1914-1918). The horror and violence of this genocide forms the background to Chris Bohjalian's novel. The Sandcastle Girls tells two parallel stories: one of a young woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier; ... Read More »

Described as haunting, violent and moving, this character driven, historical fiction contrasts the parallel stories of two people affected by the Armenian genocide. A good fit for fans of Wally Lamb or Louis De Bernières' Birds Without Wings.

The Sandcastle Girls interweaves the stories of young Bostonian Elizabeth Endicott who arrives in Aleppo, Syria in 1915 to provide aid to Armenian refugees escaping genocide, and the story of Laura Petrosian, her great grand-daughter, almost a century later. “Bohjalian powerfully narrates an intr... Read More »

Told in a series of vivid flashbacks ranging from the vantage of present-day New York City to 1915 Turkey, this is an intimate, instructive and stirring saga of the “Great Calamity” that was the Armenian Genocide. The horror keeps mounting –a million and a half Christian Armenians murdered- and t... Read More »

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CatherineG_1 Oct 11, 2017

Reread this for my bookclub. Loved this book even more the second time. Very enlightening, well written story.

AL_RIMA Jan 28, 2017

I have started reading this ebook and the tragic events of 1915 its such a familiar subject matter to me that sometimes I put the book down and contemplate if I want to continue reading it. I get really emotional. However, I decided that I will read it and see what happens.

AL_TATYANA Aug 06, 2016

A spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915, and Bronxville, New York, in 2012, - a sweeping historical love story , love, that survived through Armenian massacres of 1915-1923.

Dec 29, 2015

The novel focuses on Elizabeth’s relationship with Armen, an Armenian engineer she meets early on, while also highlighting the suffering of the Armenian people, particularly the women and children. It is all shown through the eyes of Laura, Elizabeth and Armen’s granddaughter, who wants to learn more about the past they never discussed with her. The author holds nothing back – the descriptions of the Armenians’ suffering are graphic and will stay with readers, but so will an awareness of this moment in history. Book club worthy.

Oct 31, 2014

who knew. I certainly didn't. It is amazing that there was an Armenian genocide prior to World War 1. Fantastic story of the tragedy presented as is without apology. As the granddaughter from the 21st century investigates, she discovers the history of her grandparents and their time in Armenia during 1915. The story is woven together from the viewpoint of various characters: a child, a widow, an American Armenian from Boston, a man who lost his family, soldiers who fought (German, Austrailian, New Zealanders and British), and the American consul who worked to smuggle photographs of the genocide to America. Chris Bohjalian is a brilliant story teller and a joy to read.

Aug 15, 2014

This was an amazing book. I was awed at the author's ability to tell the engaging tales of a wide cast of both fictional and real characters and also enlighten the reader about a complex time in world history. The Armenian genocide and persecution was such an horrific event. The author communicated the horror and used it as a backdrop for the stories of people whom the reader came to care about a lot.

Jun 18, 2014

Chris Bohjalian is at his best in this novel, which, in its description of the horror of war, weaves a tender novel of the discovery of family ties. The plot weaves carefully and clearly the ties of today's family with that of old family members.

ChristchurchLib May 18, 2014

"As in Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller, war and genocide form the backdrop of this thought-provoking novel from an author known for examining hot-button issues in small town settings. But The Sandcastle Girls is nevertheless a bit of a departure for Chris Bohjalian, combining as it does a present-day setting with a historical love story (inspired by Bohjalian's Armenian heritage) set in 1915 Syria, during the Armenian genocide. Focusing on Laura Petrosian as she learns more about her great-grandparents' history, this moving, complex, and haunting novel explores the consequences of the genocide many years later, and "will leave you reeling" (Booklist)." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter

Mar 16, 2014

Chris Bohjalian is a fantastic writer & story teller. Based on his personal interest & research of the Armenian slaughter of the WWI era. In novel form it somewhat diminishes the events. Love story? Hmmmm

KCLSRecommends Mar 13, 2014

A powerful novel about the events that led to the coining of the new word "genocide": the slaughter of over a million Armenians in Turkey just before World War I.

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