The storytelling structure is precariously ornate in this ardent historical romance The Sandcastle Girls, grounded in a real-life tragedy known by too few, the Armenian genocide of 1915. Laura Petrosian, a contemporary popular novelist living in comfortable American suburbia, discovers how her Bostonian grandmother and Armenian grandfather fell in love during the carnage. Drawing for the first time on his own heritage, Bohjalian (Midwives) — the grandson of Armenian survivors — pours passion, pride, and sadness into his tale of ethnic destruction and endurance. B+
LOVE AND HEARTAHCE Bohjalian uses his strong heritage to tell his grandparents' love story, which blossomed during the Armenian genocide of 1915
Genre: Fiction; Author: Chris Bohjalian; Publisher: Doubleday
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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