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The Sandcastle Girls - Chris Bohjalian
The Sandcastle Girls
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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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385534796 (0385534795)
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 299
Edition language: English
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Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it
4.0 Sandcastle Girls
Reading this novel, one cannot help but see the parallels between the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust. I say that with caution because I want to be careful that I don’t “compare” suffering. That’s not my intent, nor was it the author’s. Though the story is fiction, it’s based on real events an...
Bluebird
Bluebird rated it
4.0 The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel
Bohjalian created a powerful narrative that highlights the horror and heartache of the Armenian genocide of 1915 while showing the spirit and strength of the survivors. Although violent and graphic at times, it felt necessary to the story and did not feel at all gratuitous. Bohjalian prevents the ...
madbkwm
madbkwm rated it
I was not impressed. I did not know (as the book says) about the Armenian genocide and so it was interesting to learn a bit of history. The story, though, was at first confusing and then just too contrived for my liking.I thought the writing was at times too stiled and Bohjalian was trying too har...
JulieM
JulieM rated it
4.0 The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel
I don't know if I was sleeping during history class when this was covered, but I knew NOTHING about the Armenian genocide by the Turks at the start of WW I. This is another horrible episode in history where one group tries to completely annihilate another, including women and young children - 1.5 m...
refurbishme
refurbishme rated it
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.The Sandcastle Girls is a novel that outlines the lives of several characters, both past and present, and how their lives were impacted by the Armenian Genocide in 1915.I was also among the readers who had never...
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