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    Broadway World
    March 29 2013

    The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present
    bestselling author Chris Bohjalian for a discussion and signing of his
    latest novel "The Sandcastle Girls" on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m.
    at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

    The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available
    for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.

    The event is co-sponsored by the International Institute of St. Louis.

    Over the course of his career, New York Times bestselling novelist
    Chris Bohjalian has taken readers on a spectacular array of journeys.

    "Midwives" brought us to an isolaTed Vermont farmhouse on an icy
    winter's night and a home birth gone tragically wrong. "The Double
    Bind" perfectly conjured the Roaring Twenties on Long Island-and a
    young social worker's descent into madness. And "Skeletons at the
    Feast" chronicled the last six months of World War Two in Poland and
    Germany with nail-biting authenticity. As The Washington Post Book
    World has noted, Bohjalian writes "the sorts of books people stay
    awake all night to finish."

    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.

    When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from
    Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the
    most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is
    spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the
    Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to
    refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth meets Armen,
    a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant
    daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt,
    he begins to write Elizabeth letters, and comes to realize that he
    has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman.

    Flash forward to the present, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist
    living in suburban New York. Laura has never really given her Armenian
    heritage much thought. But when an old friend calls, claiming to have
    seen a newspaper photo of Laura's grandmother, Laura embarks on a
    journey back through her family's history that reveals love, loss,
    and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.

    Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations
    will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County
    Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress