Chris Bohjalian and ‘The Sandcastle Girls’

July 6, 2012

By: Shahan Goenjian

Chris Bohjalian, a New York Times bestselling novelist, will be releasing his new book, The Sandcastle Girls on July 17.  This is Mr. Bohjalians 15th novel.  The novel is a family saga and love story set during the 1915 Armenian Genocide summarizes the new novel as such,

“In his fifteenth book, The Sandcastle Girls, he brings us on a very different kind of journey. This spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date.” (

The novel will come off the presses highly touted, having already received rave reviews from four major publications.  Here are a few responses to Bohjalian’s new novel:

“Bohjalian’s powerful novel . . . depicts the Armenian genocide and one contemporary novelist’s quest to uncover her heritage. . . . His storytelling makes this a beautiful, frightening, and unforgettable read.” —Publishers Weekly;

“Bohjalian powerfully narrates an intricately nuanced romance with a complicated historical event at the forefront. With the centennial of the Armenian genocide fast approaching, this is not to be missed. Simply astounding.” —Julie Kane, Library Journal;

“An unforgettable exposition of the still too-little-known facts of the Armenian genocide and its multigenerational consequences.” —Kirkus Reviews.

Whether you enjoy reading a good novel or you just want to support a fellow Armenian and brilliant novelist, you should pick up a copy of The Sandcastle Girls on July 17th or pre-order today!

Furthermore, the ANC Grassroots Film and the Arts Committee will also be hosting a luncheon event on July 16th at the Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, CA.  The event will kick-off Chris Bohjalian’s nationwide tour and you will be able to meet the author, watch presentations during lunch, and get your book signed!  For event tickets and more information, call (818) 500-1918 or visit

For more information on Chris Bohjalian and the novel, visit his website

And pre-order The Sandcastle Girls here!

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Elen Asatryan
Email / Tel: (818) 500-1918
Armenian National Committee of America Western Region
230 N. Belmont, Suite 200, Glendale, CA 91206 * Tel. (818) 500-1918
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