The Sandcastle Girls, a novel on the Armenian Genocide by Chris Bohjalian, will debut on the New York Times Best-Seller List on the newspaper’s website July 27. The Sandcastle Girls was launched by the ANC-Western Region at a sold-out luncheon in Los Angeles on July 16. It was released nationwide on July 17.
Published by Doubleday in the U.S., it will be published by Simon and Schuster in the UK in August, and released internationally in the coming months.
The Sandcastle Girls is currently seventh on the best-seller list, which will appear in the published Aug. 5 issue of the New York Times.
The author of 15 novels, Bohjalian is not a stranger to the New York Times Best-Seller List. His novels Midwives (1997),The Double Bind (2007), Secrets of Eden (2010), and Skeletons at the Feast (2008) have reached #1, #3, #6, and #15, respectively, on the list.
The Armenian genocide during World War I is the subject of Chris Bohjalian’s 14th novel, “The Sandcastle Girls .”Inspired by his grandparents’ background, the author explores the suffering and atrocities of that time with astounding precision, compassion and grace. Bohjalian deftly weaves the many threads of this story back and forth from past to present, from abuse to humanity, from devastation to redemption. As the Washington Post states, his ability to add irony and wit makes the contrasting horrors even more intense.
The book had a great success in America, especially when Oprah Winfrey’s Blog declared “The Sandcastle Girls,” as the must-read Book of the Week. The announcement was first posted on Oprah.com , where the editors of O and Oprah.com informed their fans about “the newest releases that they couldn’t stop reading.” This week, “The Sandcastle Girls” was at the top of their list.
In addition to captivating the interest of Oprah Winfrey’s editors, “The Sandcastle Girls” and the Armenian Genocide issue has caught the attention of many notable American newspapers and online publications, including -“The Miami Herald,” “The Florida Times Union,” “The Minneapolis Star Tribune,” Ohio’s “The Columbus Dispatch,” “The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,” South Carolina’s “The Hilton Head Island Packet,” Boston.com and MyCentralJersey.com.
Armenian Americans and interested readers are encouraged to pre-order ‘The Sandcastle Girls’ online at discounted prices from Amazon.com , Barnes and Noble and Indibound or from their local book sellers.