The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
The Armenian Genocide of 1915 Revealed
Before reading The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, I knew nothing about the Armenian genocide of 1915. In fact, I had never even heard of it. This novel is based on historical facts, but it is fiction.
Chris Bohjalian is Armenian on his father's side. He states that he had heard about the killings of Armenian men then the death marches of women and children in the Syrian desert during World War I.
More than one million Armenians died, but until he researched it for his novel, he wasn't fully aware of the horrors.
The Armenian Genocide
"The killings are referred to as
the Armenian Holocaust,
the Armenian Massacres,
and, traditionally amongst Armenians,
as Meds Yeghern, which
is usually translated as
the Great Calamity or Great Crime."
~ Armenian Genocide on Wikipedia
Armenian March, April 1915
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian - Historical Facts Woven with Fictional Characters Make a Compelling Story
In his novel, Chris Bohjalian tells two stories: one of Elizabeth Endicott set during 1915 in Aleppo, Syria and one of Laura Petrosian in present day New York.
Their tales intertwine when Laura begins researching her family's past when she sees a photograph from the Armenian genocide of a woman with her own last name.
The Armenian Genocide
Learn More About the Armenian Genocide
- Armenian National Institute
Affirmation of the 1915 Armenian Genocide committed by Ottoman Turkey, featuring photos, documents, maps, chronology, resolutions, bibliographies and educational resources.
- Armenian Genocide 1915 Recognition Struggle
Armenian Genocide of 1915 perpetrated by Ottoman Empire. Armenian genocide photos, research materials, recent news, evidence in history, quotes, petition our goal is to fight for recognition and find justice against the long standing denial of its oc
"In any case, the short answer to
that first question--How do a
million and a half people die
with nobody knowing?--is really
very simple. You kill them in
the middle of nowhere."
~ from The Sandcastle Girls
by Chris Bohjalian
General Map of Aleppo, Syria - Armenia is to the northeast; use the "minus" button to zoom out to see the region.
Reviews and Interviews for The Sandcastle Girls
- The Sandcastle Girls
The author Chris Bohjalian's Web site.
- The Kernel that Led to 'The Sandcastle Girls' | Armenian Weekly
The Armenian Weekly Magazine April 2012 Sometimes my novels have positively elephantine gestation periods-and even that, in some cases, is an
- Weekend book picks: 'Alys,' 'Sandcastle Girls' - USATODAY.com
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- Oprah.com Picks 'Sandcastle Girls' as Book of the Week | Armenian Weekly
WASHINGTON-Oprah Winfrey's Blog today declared New York Times Best-Selling Author Chris Bohjalian's novel on the Armenian Genocide, The Sandcastle Girls, the must-read Book of the Week.
- 10 Questions with Award-Winning, Best-Selling Novelist Chris Bohjalian
Award-winning novelist Chris Bohjalian is the author of fifteen books, including “The New York Times” bestsellers, “The Night Strangers,” “Secrets of Eden,” “Skeletons at the Feast,” “The Double Bind,” “Before You Know Kindness,” “Midwives” and his l
In The Sandcastle Girls,
the author lets us know that names
ending in "ian" are Armenian.
Cher, born Cheryl Sarkisian
Janet Shamlian, NBC correspondent
plus many more
~ Source: Lists of Armenians
Armenia Travel and Customs
They Shall Not Perish--American Committee for Relief in the Near East
Read More of Chris Bohjalian's Books - He is a master storyteller.
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