The Sandcastle Girls – by Chris Bohjalian – independent book review – Historical Fiction (Armenia, Turkey, Germany)

At times this is a difficult read. But it’s worth finishing. Awarded five stars on Goodreads.

Bohjalian captures the violence, despair, and heartbreak of the Armenian Genocide by focusing on the lives of a handful of Americans, Germans, Turks and Armenians.

Their interwoven stories, taking place at different times, along with the author’s exceptional gift for descriptions and details, gave me a taste of what it would be like to live during this bleak historical event. And at the same time emerge from the book with a sense of hope, an appreciation for the power of human connections, and a belief in miracles.

Chris Bohjalian

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You may be interested in my reviews of other books by Bojalian:

Hour of the Witch

The Guest Room

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

The Sleepwalker

The Light in the Ruins

The Sandcastle Girls