Chris Bohjalian is the kind of author who grabs you by the heart and refuses to let go. How he can manipulate several plots simultaneously, travel cross country promoting his work, raise a family, and enjoy a private life calls for a supreme juggling act.
Of the 15 books he has written, his latest—The Sandcastle Girls—could very well be his best. If not the ultimate, at least the most ambitious and personal novel in a career that’s spanned over 25 years.
The novel is a sweeping saga set in the cauldron of the First World War, a tale of love and loss, and a family secret that’s been buried for generations.
The book enhances Bohjalian’s stature in the world of American literature and makes it a “must read” for anyone in search of adventure.
One of his first novels, Midwives, was a Number 1 New York Times best seller. Bohjalian’s work has been translated into more than 25 languages and 3 have been made into movies. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.
The Sandcastle Girls is dedicated to the memory of his mother-in-law Sondra Blewer (1931-2011) and his father Aram Bohjalian (1928-2011).
“Sondra urged me to write this novel and my father helped to inspire it,” he notes.
A question-and-answer session with the author follows.