Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 13, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Sandcastle Girls

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Chris Bohjalian
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

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+

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