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Publisher Description

From the bestselling author of Midwives, here is a sweeping historical love story that probes the depths of love, family, and secrets amid the Armenian Genocide during WWI.

When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. It’s 1915, and Elizabeth has volunteered to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during the First World War. There she meets Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. After leaving Aleppo and traveling into Egypt to join the British Army, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, realizing that he has fallen in love with the wealthy young American.
Years later, their American granddaughter, Laura, embarks on a journey back through her family’s history, uncovering a story of love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.

Fiction & Literature
July 17
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

No No Nannette ,

Sandcastle Girls

Good book. Brutal in places.

mariesh2014 ,

Amazing story

This is a difficult story to read but at the same time it’s one that you can’t put down because you need to know what happens to all of the characters. It’s a heavy, beautiful, eye-opening, somber story that reminds the reader of just how far human imperfection goes. It was very well written and although the subject matter is sad, I loved the book.

T Kazanjian ,

Very good book

Excellent. I just devoured the book and couldn't let it down. The last few chapters are good in terms of the great developments and the story. Karine's character will keep haunting me forever.
If you are interested in the fate of Armenian women during those turbulent years I would suggest to watch the documentary called "my grandma's tattoos".

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