The Sandcastle Girls

The Sandcastle Girls 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 c

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 deThe 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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  1. Follow Chris Bohjalian on to see what s on the nightstand Chris is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books Chris s work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies Midwives, Secrets of Eden, and Past the Bleachers The Flight Attendant lands March 13, 2018 Chris s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St Louis Post Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.Awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers the New England Book Award Russia s Soglasie Concord Award for The Sandcastle Girls a Boston Public Library Literary Light a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans Sister Radio and the Anahid Literary Award Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick Chris is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude of Amherst College, and has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader s Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.

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  1. How do a million and a half people die with nobody knowing You kill them in the middle of nowhere In 1915, amid the turmoil of the First World War, a million and half civilians including women and children perished during the Armenian genocide Many were executed and others died a slow, painful death as they were forced to march from their villages in the Ottoman Empire through the harsh and unforgiving Syrian desert Either I slept through history class or this horrific event was simply not taugh [...]

  2. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW I started this book a few days ago and I have to tell you that I am only able to read it in small bites The book is so good and so very disturbing that I can feel myself becoming an emotional wreck It has taken me about 10 days to get through this book Not because it wasn t good, but because it is just THAT good I can actually say for the first time in a very long time I savored every single word of this book.The subject of the book is the Armenian Genocide in Ale [...]

  3. I can honestly say that this was the ONE book I was DYING to read all summer I vacillated whether or not to purchase it just so I could get my hands on the thing as soon as it was released I refrained and waited on the library copy It was 20 saved.What I liked Setting historical significance I knew nothing of the Armenian genocide How did I not know that between 1 and 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered at the hands of the Turks during WWI High School and college history Fail Thanks to the au [...]

  4. I found this to be a moving story and great means to bring to life through fiction many key elements of the Armenian Genocide The Slaughter We Know Next to Nothing About Because of Bohjalian s Armenian ancestry, the work is obviously a labor of love for him He walks the tricky line between the need to draw as many readers as possible with an engaging and hopeful human story and the goal of imparting the truth of the brutal events of civilian starvation, rape, and slaughter He achieves this by mo [...]

  5. Onvan The Sandcastle Girls Nevisande Chris Bohjalian ISBN 385534795 ISBN13 9780385534796 Dar 299 Safhe Saal e Chap 2012

  6. The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian is a powerful and unforgettable historical novel depicting the Armenian Genocide It is an epic story of love and war that will leave you pondering on the facts long after you have finished this novel.This Novel is set in two timeframes The past 1915 to 1916 and the present.The book takes us back to a time when the First World War and the Armenian genocide of 1915 16 Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria along with her father, they have volunteered on behalf [...]

  7. It s been one hundred years since the start of the Armenian genocide in the spring of 1915 Chris Bohjalian s Armenian heritage inspired him to write this book The story has two threads the first set in Syria in 1915, and the other in the northeastern United States in 2012.Elizabeth Endicott comes to Aleppo, Syria as a volunteer for the Friends of Armenia during World War I She sees women and children coming to Aleppo from death marches across the desert The men had already been killed by the Tur [...]

  8. I am not one to read historical fiction very often I saw this on a First Reads giveaway and was lucky enough to win a copy After reading it, I ve determined that I need historical fiction in my life I found it difficult to read this at first, because it is filled with so many interesting, as well as shocking details I have no prior knowledge of the Armenian genocide that took place, and I found myself deeply invested in reading and understanding each detail of the story Because of the historica [...]

  9. 100 years ago April 24, 1915 over a million Armenians were forced out into the desert and brutally murdered in a plot to rid the world of their race An event that isn t taught in history class and has almost disappeared into history as a result I had no idea that this event had happened in the midst of everything else going on in the world during this time Chris Bohjalian takes an interesting approach to this story line Bouncing between present day journalist in Bronxville, NY to 1915 Aleppo whe [...]

  10. Books can do different things They can entertain you, educate you, provide some escapism etc Sandcastle girls did so many things for me Firstly it made me weep, it gave me nightmares, it made me really feel for all the victims and survivors of the Armenian genocide None of the other books I ve read about the holocaust Rwandan genocide has affected me this deeply This may be because some of these books were documentaries, which makes them a bit clinical, and some of them were biographies, which [...]

  11. In my opinion, this is the best work from Bohjalian Knowing his passion for this subject made the experience all the meaningful This is so much than a powerful history story, it is a wonderful love story the love of an author and his heritage and craft Thank you for bringing this story to us, Chris.

  12. ETA No, I didn t really like this book I just gave it three stars because I am glad Bohjalian wrote a book about the genocide The narration was off, I didn t like the two threads, particularly the modern one, and parts are written for the movies, i.e.way too theatrical, and yes even fluffy I have changed the rating from three to two stars.On completion I will give this three stars Part of the problem is that there are two threads, a historical one and a modern one I generally do not like that Th [...]

  13. TheBoston Globe, 7 17 12, had a fine review of this book, which recounts the horrors of the Armenian genocide in 1915 Initially I was hesitant whether I wanted to read this, since I was so disappointed by Bohjalian s Secrets of Eden, but because he excelled with Skeletons at the Feast I decided that this would be interesting I have entered the waiting list at my library It seems logical that while reading this book, my thoughts would often turn to the much better known Holocaust, which occurred [...]

  14. WOW This book may make Mr Bohjalian move to the top of my favorite author list Where he gets ideas for his stories I don t know, but he is a master at weaving historical events into a beautiful story I am ashamed that I knew nothing of the Armenian Genocidewas never taught nor even mentioned in history classes that I can recall And that is a tragedy in itself These atrocities should be taught and never forgotten Thank you Chris Bohjalian for bringing this history to light.This story is told in t [...]

  15. What a heartbreaking, but moving story I m always appalled at how incomplete and one sided history seems to be or at least the history that is taught in schools Historical fiction books like this, I believe, would do wonders for generating interest in history In The Sandcastle Girls, Chris Bohjalian has illuminated one of the world s dirtiest secrets the Armenian genocide.Told in multiple points of views by American volunteers, Germans, Turks, Armenian refugees, present day ancestors of refugees [...]

  16. 4.5 This book was incredibly difficult for me to read, and yet without books like these horrific events and the people who survived them would be forgotten The Armenian genocide of 1915, is not something we learned in school and Bohjalian does a masterful job of presenting it in all its honesty and horror Yet amongst the cruelty, there are instances of love and kindness and caring, even by those who were ordered to carry out these atrocities Human people, with real human feelings, yet just as wi [...]

  17. Love and war.This story of fiction deals with events from the past that are true.The author successfully ingrains in your mind the stark reality of war and the tragic accounts of the brave characters contained within.Women who have lost it all, no clothes on their backs or food to eat eyewitness to brutal slaying and murder of their kin to live and tell the tale.You will learn of the genocide of 1915, a time of slaughter The Great Catastrophe, a year you possibly wont forget once you finished re [...]

  18. I was aware of the genocide of the Armenian people back in World War I days, but could only recall that it happened I believe it was taught as a fact in world history in the junior year of high school It was just there at the periphery of my brain No details This book filled in all the details and then some What is so shocking to me in hindsight is that a second such travesty played out in World War II with the Jews All the signs were there, but went unread until way late This was not an easy re [...]

  19. I do like this concept a novel where the main character is writing a novel Laura, a writer from suburban New York is stumbles upon evidence that her grandmother lived through the genocide in Armenia in 1915 The book moves between modern times and the life of her grandmother revealing a wonderful story of determination, charity, love and family secrets I love it when a book shows the reader occurrences in history we which may not been aware of Armenian history was not new to me but this novel did [...]

  20. A most excellent book club selection It is also this year s ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO selection Much to discuss and historically profoundly relevant But oh so horribly heartbreaking and extremely gruesome NOT a good selection for readers sensitive to extreme graphic violence sexual deviant crimes especially against women and children and or those who suffer with PTSD This book, though important, needing to be made known the crimes of the Ottoman Empire against Christians But let me just say, it ga [...]

  21. Magnificent Wonderful Ambitious subject I admire the courage and compassionate work it must have taken for the author to write this book absolutely extraordinary Only a talented writer could have created an historical fiction and have it be as enjoyable as this book is it spite of the profound powerful vital seriousness of the subject The writing is breathtaking elegantly constructed I found myself slowing down to savor sentences even as the story had me impatient to turn the next page Bohjalian [...]

  22. Wow.I often mention how odd it is to start a Netgalley book without easy access to the synopsis unless I know the publisher or author works in a specific genre, I m at a loss, having read the book description before requesting it and then, being me, having promptly forgotten it among the other few dozen I asked for It s drastically changed my reading habits, this Kindle Netgalley combo So, Sandcastle Girls sounds like a beach book It s not It s really not.One of the two threads of the book could [...]

  23. 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 hard He wanted to paint a broad picture, but sometimes his details were lacking For example I hope it s not only vengeance, he tells her, though that is indeed the largest part of it that and the rage he feels [...]

  24. 4.5 Stars A book about the genocide we know next to nothing about and a fantastically told story, heartbreaking and unbelievable at times The story of a young Bostonian woman who arrives in Aleppo, Syria to aid the Armenian people who are being systematically wiped out by the Turks over territory and religion As we near the centennial of this genocide when 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives, it s interesting to note that Aleppo is once again in the news and the stories are painfully familiar [...]

  25. THE SANDCASTLE GIRLSChristopher Bohjalian Christopher Bohjalian is an enormously gifted and talented storyteller who has set himself up to be the keeper of the flame As in previous novels Mr Bohjalian mystically zeros in on the lesser know but horrendous atrocities that should never be forgotten with an engrossing storyline and he never hits a false note in his elegant and exquisite proseE SANDCASTLE GIRLS is a mesmerizing work of historical fiction influenced by the author s heritage and driven [...]

  26. Content plot very important and tragic historical event Somehow this author and I don t jive I love what the plot is about but the execution doesn t draw me in I felt no endearment for the characters even though they were experiencing tragedy This is the 2nd book by this author that I have read and I ended up disappointed again I m not sure why he can t draw me in I ll try another because I didn t hate the experience.

  27. This was a little hard to follow along as an audiobook as it switched between two points of view but didn t give you any warning it was happening I think audiobooks should be read slightly different with giving warnings when the POV switches Other than that this is a beautifully written story.

  28. Coincidentally, I chose to read this three year old book this year, in 2015, which is the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian genocide What I love about historical fiction is that I get to learn relevant facts of history that I either tuned out in my school days or was never taught in the first place In this case, it seems the news of the genocide didn t travel quickly How do a million and a half people die with no one knowing is really very simple You kill them in the middle of nowhere I am a [...]

  29. I ve waited three days before reviewing this book to see if I would change my mind I have not I love historical fiction, and find the genre a wonderful way to immerse myself in a world time place This novel contains a piece of history that everyone should know about the genocide of approximately 1.5 million Armenians and I applaud the author for writing an easily accessible book that might make this atrocity widely known And yet.In preparation for a trip to Turkey a couple of years ago, I read [...]

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