The Sandcastle Girls
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. It’s 1915, and Elizabeth has volunteered to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during the... show more
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. It’s 1915, and Elizabeth has volunteered to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during the First World War. There she meets Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. After leaving Aleppo and traveling into Egypt to join the British Army, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, realizing that he has fallen in love with the wealthy young American. Years later, their American granddaughter, Laura, embarks on a journey back through her family’s history, uncovering a story of love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.
Publish date: April 16th 2013
Pages no: 299
Edition language: English
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...