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The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
  

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Three stories interweave, the subject's life, her grandparents' lives and the Armenian genocide in World War I that the Turks deny. It is a huge story of the author's investigation, nay almost obsession, into her Armenian ancestry and grandparents' lives. What is extraordinary is that the female narrative voice actually was written by a man for it feels so personal and is written with such a connection to the characters that one is certain the narrator is telling us a true story. I am a huge fan of this author. Do try Midwives and Skeletons at the Feast, they are magnificent.

If you like Chris Bohjalian you might also like to read books by David Boling, Irene Nemirovsky and Robert Goddard.

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The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

One woman's journey into her family's past reveals a shocking story that has never been told. 1915, Aleppo, Syria. When Elizabeth Endicott steps off the boat from Boston, armed only with a crash course in nursing, nothing could have prepared her for the atrocities she is about to face. For Aleppo is the arrival point for the hundreds of thousands of Armenians who have been forced to march out of Turkey and through the desert to die. There Elizabeth gets to know Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter in the Genocide. When Armen travels to Egypt to join the British army, he begins to write to Elizabeth, and slowly realizes that, unless he can find his way back to her, he risks becoming lost forever. Present day, New York. Laura Petrosian has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought until an old friend calls, claiming to have seen a photo of Laura's grandmother advertising a museum exhibition. As Laura embarks on a journey back through her family's history she'll find a tale of love, loss - and the hidden story of a nation in mourning.

About the Author

Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is the author of eleven novels, including The Double Bind, Before You Know Kindness and The Buffalo Soldier. His novel Midwives was a Publisher Weekly "Best Book" and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into twenty languages. In 2002, he won the New England Book Award for fiction.

He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.

Author Photo © Victoria Blewer

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Publication date

1st March 2013

Author

Chris Bohjalian

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471110726

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