Turn the Page Book Group - The Sandcastle Girls

Wednesday, May 1510:00—11:00 AMSimoni RoomMorrill Memorial Library33 Walpole St., Norwood, MA, 02062

The Morrill Memorial Library’s monthly Turn the Page Book Group will meet again on Wednesday, May 15 at 10 am and 7 pm to discuss “The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian, a novel exploring Armenian American heritage. The author himself will be Skyping in to discuss the book and answer questions in the morning session, and a recording of this will be played in the evening session of the book group.

"This 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 becomes friendly with 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 who is so different from the wife he lost. Flash forward to the present, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York. Although her grandparents' ornate Pelham home was affectionately nicknamed the "Ottoman Annex," 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 promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, 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."

Copies of the book in a number of formats will be available to pick up at the Circulation Desk. Light refreshments will be served.

To sign up for either the morning or evening session, led by Patty Bailey and Senior Circulation and Media & Marketing Assistant, Carla Howard, please call 781-769-0200, x110, fill out the form below, or stop by the library Reference or Information desk.

Capacity: 21 of 45 spaces available.

Note: Registering more attendees than spaces available will automatically place your attendees on this event's wait list.

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