The Sandcastle Girls

The Sandcastle Girls

A Novel

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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"Parallel stories of a woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier during the Armenian Genocide and a modern-day New Yorker prompted to rediscover her Armenian past"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385534796
Branch Call Number: F BOH
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 25 cm


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Dec 23, 2019

Another formula book: take a historical event, add a love story and voila you have one more of his novels. His characters are so undeveloped , you can not even like them. More research would have done this book a world of good. Plus a male author writing as a woman just doesn't work.

May 27, 2019

Wow! Is my opinion of Bohjalian's The Sandcastle Girls.

We've all read about the horrors of the Holocaust. I'd never heard of the Armenian Genocide, despite the fact that it was in the 20th century, and that approximately 1.5 Armenians were murdered in it. Although the perpetrators of this horror deny it, there is no doubt that the Ottoman Empire overran what is present-day Armenia and committed the worst of war crimes.

It's a very good book with a romance included. The young woman who is the focus of the story sees so much and too much of the brutality with which the Ottomans ravaged the Armenians. Prepare for some scenes you can't unread, but also prepare for a better understanding of world history and the way in which humanity can sometimes be anything but humane.

Feb 20, 2019

Picked this as a 2nd time & much prefer the written word. This reader was not to my liking at all. A struggle I just gave up. Certainly a different 'voice' from CB, but same great subject choices, always informative.

Jul 16, 2018

My Mother used to tell me a phrase I never thought about, "the starving Armenians". She used it in reference to my not eating something. I just thought it an expression -- I had no idea... until I read this book. A book I found totally compelling -- yet I normally cannot and will not read books with violence, pain and suffering. I also don't like books that flip back and forth from one time period to another. This book, however, was so crafted that I could withstand the suffering because it flipped to a happier, safer time. I strongly recommend it. I not only devoured it, I have since looked everything up (thank goodness for Google) to learn so much more. I love books the inform and cause me to want to learn more!

CatherineG_1 Oct 11, 2017

Reread this for my bookclub. Loved this book even more the second time. Very enlightening, well written story.

Oct 31, 2014

who knew. I certainly didn't. It is amazing that there was an Armenian genocide prior to World War 1. Fantastic story of the tragedy presented as is without apology. As the granddaughter from the 21st century investigates, she discovers the history of her grandparents and their time in Armenia during 1915. The story is woven together from the viewpoint of various characters: a child, a widow, an American Armenian from Boston, a man who lost his family, soldiers who fought (German, Austrailian, New Zealanders and British), and the American consul who worked to smuggle photographs of the genocide to America. Chris Bohjalian is a brilliant story teller and a joy to read.

Aug 15, 2014

This was an amazing book. I was awed at the author's ability to tell the engaging tales of a wide cast of both fictional and real characters and also enlighten the reader about a complex time in world history. The Armenian genocide and persecution was such an horrific event. The author communicated the horror and used it as a backdrop for the stories of people whom the reader came to care about a lot.

Jun 18, 2014

Chris Bohjalian is at his best in this novel, which, in its description of the horror of war, weaves a tender novel of the discovery of family ties. The plot weaves carefully and clearly the ties of today's family with that of old family members.

ChristchurchLib May 18, 2014

"As in Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller, war and genocide form the backdrop of this thought-provoking novel from an author known for examining hot-button issues in small town settings. But The Sandcastle Girls is nevertheless a bit of a departure for Chris Bohjalian, combining as it does a present-day setting with a historical love story (inspired by Bohjalian's Armenian heritage) set in 1915 Syria, during the Armenian genocide. Focusing on Laura Petrosian as she learns more about her great-grandparents' history, this moving, complex, and haunting novel explores the consequences of the genocide many years later, and "will leave you reeling" (Booklist)." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter

Mar 16, 2014

Chris Bohjalian is a fantastic writer & story teller. Based on his personal interest & research of the Armenian slaughter of the WWI era. In novel form it somewhat diminishes the events. Love story? Hmmmm

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