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The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
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Jul 31, 12

Read in July, 2012

The Sandcastle Girls is by far the most intense book I have ever read. Elizabeth Endicott and her dad go on a philanthropic mission to help the Armenian refugees who have survived annihilation by the Turks. Their plight is not over and for most of them survival won't even be possible. Elizabeth meets and falls in love with one of the survivors, Armen a young Armenian engineer. He is searching for anyone that would be able to give him information on the last hours of his wife and child. He has lost everything.

Bohaljian has written a love story that portrays the Armenian genocide explicitly. Often extremely graphic yet compelling the story of Elizabeth and Armen is one that had to be written. As the centennial of the massacre approaches, Bohaljian has written a book that will begin the conversation that is long overdue. History cannot forget the million and half people who perished at the hands of the Turks and neither will you.

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