Chris Bohjallan’s, “THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS.”

I wish I could say that Mr. Bohjallan’s, The Sandcastle Girls,” about the Armenian Genocide of 1915 by the Turks in which 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children, were killed and perished in the Syrian dessert was shocking to me but it wasn’t. I knew of the genocide, but not in great detail. I wish I could say that the horrifying images that the author brilliantly described made me want to vomit but they didn’t.

And why not one might ask, and the answer is because I have read and talked to survivors of genocides for a good part of my adult life. Genocides are nothing new, especially in the last 150 years. Sadly, they are occurring as I write this short review… they are truly a testament to man’s inhumanity toward vast majorities of innocent men, women, and children. There was Stalin (estimated 20 million killed), Hitler (estimated 20 plus million killed, including the war), Mao, the Khmer Rouge, Assad, The Turks, etc.

What makes “The Sandcastle Girls,” such a great book is the heroic characters and the lucid, vivid writing. What makes it an important book is that most people have never heard of the Armenian Genocide and because of that it is a story that needs to be told before it is “denied” and it is a tragic historical event whose significance and aftermath is still being felt to this very day by Armenian people throughout the world.

A big thank you to Maureen, a Goodreads’13330603 friend, who recommended this book.

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