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The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel
Reviewed by- Andrea (2012/09/03, 02:07 PM)
Historical fiction enthusiasts will appreciate this family saga involving the Armenian genocide of 1915. Chris Bohjalian tells a captivating story as he transports the reader to Aleppo, Syria. Bohjanian adeptly conveys the horrors and the unrelenting efforts of the Turkish government to extinguish the Armenian men, women and children. He graphically describes the conditions and brutally the Armenian people endured, including the rape and starvation. Although the subject matter is gruesome in nature, it is beautifully written with characters you become attached to and care about. The author sends a powerful message of hope and strength in the face of extreme adversity. The story begins in present day Boston where Laura, a woman in her forties, tries to untangle the truth about her grandparents past. She delves into her family history and unravels her grandparent's love story and their struggle for survival. The book is emotionally charged, making it an excellent Book Club choice. There is much to discuss and learn.Back.

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