Inspired by his Armenian heritage, Chris Bohjalian’s The Sandcastle Girls takes on the story of Armenian genocide during the First World War.

Bohjalian sheds light on his inspiration for the novel in a behind-the-book essay in our July issue: "The Proustian Madeleines that Inspired a Novel." Here's an excerpt:

When I decided that it was time to write a novel about the genocide—what my novel’s narrator calls glibly, “The Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About”—I found myself focused on children and food. Because of the Proustian madeleines from my own childhood, this seemed a viable entry into a story that might otherwise be one mind-numbing horror after another.

Check out the book trailer from Doubleday:

Will The Sandcastle Girls make your vacation reading list?

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