The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

I knew next to nothing about the history of the Armenian people when I started reading this book. I had no idea of the genocide of Armenians during WWI. I know about it now and I’m glad I do. (I’m more than a little concerned that this isn’t common knowledge. At least it wasn’t to me.)
The best works of historical fiction teach me something while telling me a great story and this was definitely one of those books.Β 
The story travels between Syria in 1915 and New York in 2012. If there was one thing I didn’t love about this book it was that it didn’t ALL take place in 1915. I love to be swept up into the history of a time and place. Whenever the narrative would switch to modern times I felt a bit jarred.Β 
I believe that is Chris Bohjalian’s 14th book. I’ve read a number of his other novels and he never disappoints. Β I highly recommend this one.
Have you read this book? If you have I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you’ve reviewed this book leave me a link!

10 thoughts on “The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

  1. It's odd that the Armenian genocide isn't widely included in history curricula, despite the fact that it is widely believed to have served as a model for the Nazis in perpetrating the Holocaust.I've read a few of this author's books (Midwives & Skeletons at the Feast) and loved them. I am adding this to my list.


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