The Sandcastle Girls

A Novel

Bohjalian, Chris

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Sandcastle Girls
"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"--

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0385534795
Characteristics: 299 p. ;,25 cm.


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Oct 31, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 10, 2014
  • Neptune1020 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great novel about the horrors of war told from multiple viewpoints.

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.

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
  • InvernessS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Mar 13, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A powerful novel about the events that led to the coining of the new word "genocide": the slaughter of over a million Armenians in Turkey just before World War I.

Feb 13, 2014
  • sharonb122 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

At first I had a hard time getting into the plot and caring about the characters. The main character, Elizabeth, I believe, did not seem to suit the setting of 1915. However, I did like the historical setting of the genicide of the Armenians. I believe that Eugenides began his novel, Middlesex, with this same historical event. I did eventually pick up on the plot and cared more for the characters. The ending was sprinkled with hope, which I like, and cleverly done.

Oct 08, 2013

Skillfully interweaves stories from 1915 Armenia and modern suburban New York. Sandcastle Girls illustrates the horrors of the Armenian genocide. However, Bohjalian manages to do so without letting his characters become two-dimensional.

Jun 10, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very good book. I would recommend this book for all to read.

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