Oprah.com picks Armenian Genocide epic “The Sandcastle Girls” as book of the week

Oprah Winfrey’s Blog declared New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian’s novel on the Armenian Genocide, “The Sandcastle Girls”, as the must-read Book of the Week, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

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.

Oprah.com’s Nathalie Gorman explained “best known for his thrillers like Midwives, Chris Bohjalian has come out with a different kind of page turner—a searing, tautly woven tale of war and the legacy it leaves behind.” She goes on to note, “This rendering of one of history’s greatest (and least known) tragedies is an nuanced, sophisticated portrayal of what it means not only to endure, but to insist on hope.”

The complete Oprah.com review is posted below.

“The overwhelming and well-deserved praise for Bohjalian’s masterful literary piece about the Armenian Genocide in prominent mainstream American media outlets, such as Oprah’s Blog, highlights the powerful role that his novel is playing in educating readers about this crime, and Turkey’s ongoing denial of both truth and justice,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “’The Sandcastle Girls’ represents – in addition to a great literary work – a great contribution to the American and global public awareness that will be required to end, forever, the cycle of genocide and denial.”

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.

Amy Driscoll, in her review for The Miami Herald, wrote about the real potential impact the novel has on educating American civil society about the Armenian Genocide. “Bohjalian’s book is about the ways the past informs the present, about the pain but also the richness of heritage. If his goal is to educate us, make us see what has been almost left behind in the dust of history, he succeeds. And after reading this book, we aren’t likely to forget,” noted Driscoll.

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