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A Novel about the Genocide, makes Oprah's Book Club and best seller lists

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  • A Novel about the Genocide, makes Oprah's Book Club and best seller lists



    Chris Bohjalian’s "The Sandcastle Girls" has made the New York Times, Publishers' Weekly, and Indiebound Bestsellers lists. It was also featured on Oprah.com as the "book of the week"

    The UK edition of The Sandcastle Girls was released on Sunday. On the back cover, the following passage from novel is highlighted: “How do a million and a half people die with nobody knowing? You kill them in the middle of nowhere.”


    -Synopsis-

    "This spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria in 1915 and Bronxville, New York in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author's Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date.

    When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to 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 to join the British army in Egypt, 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.

    Flash forward to the present, 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.
    Last edited by ara87; 08-16-2012, 01:24 PM.
    Due to budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.
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