Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Sandcastle Girls tells about the largely forgotten Armenian Genocide of World War I. Laura Petrosian was always a bit intrigued by her paternal grandparents. Her grandmother, Elizabeth hailed from Boston originally, but her grandfather, Armen was Armenian. Neither talked much about when they met in Syria during World War I, but they were still eccentric. Now, in her mid-40’s, Laura has stumbled across a photograph of a woman at a museum in Boston with the last name of Petrosian. Could she be another relative? The photo was taken of the victims of the Armenian genocide during the years 1915 – 1916.
The viewpoints alter between Elizabeth’s and Laura’s, as she uncovers the past. Rich in historic detail and full of emotion; Sandcastle Girls is a romance with a gruesome, unforgettable historical event providing the backdrop.