New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian (Midwives, The Night Strangers) has a new novel coming out on July 17! Set in Syria in 1915 and present-day New York, The Sandcastle Girls taps into the author's own Armenian heritage for a sweeping, layered historical story.

Elizabeth Endicott, a wealthy young American, arrives in Syria in 1915 to help refugees of the Armenian genocide. Armen, a young Armenian engineer who enlists in the British Army, finds himself falling for her and begins to write her letters from Egypt. In present-day New York, novelist Laura Petrosian discovers her Armenian heritage after an old friend claims to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura's grandmother. She begins a quest into her family's history to uncover love and a long-forgotten secret.

According to Doubleday, Bohjalian's heritage is "a subject his legions of fans have been asking him to write about for years."

Be sure to check out our video interview with Bohjalian about The Night Strangers:

There's been an uptick in historical novels set in this era. Is this one you'll check out?

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