‘Sandcastle Girls’ Hits NY Times Best-Seller List

WATERTOWN, Mass. (A.W.)—The Sandcastle Girls, a novel on the Armenian Genocide by Chris Bohjalian, will debut on the New York Times Best-Seller List on the newspaper’s website tomorrow, July 27, the Armenian Weekly has learned.

‘The Sandcastle Girls’ is at #7 on the New York Times Best-Seller List.

The Sandcastle Girls is currently seventh on the best-seller list, which will appear in the published Aug. 5 issue of the New York Times.

The author of 15 novels, Bohjalian is not a stranger to the New York Times Best-Seller List. His novels Midwives (1997), The Double Bind (2007), Secrets of Eden (2010), and Skeletons at the Feast (2008) have reached #1, #3, #6, and #15, respectively, on the list.

Yesterday, The Sandcastle Girls also debuted between #3 and #11 on the regional independent bookstore bestseller lists. In independent bookstores in New England and California, the novel was the #3 and #6 most-sold book, respectively.

The Sandcastle Girls was launched by the ANC-Western Region at a sold-out luncheon in Los Angeles on July 16. It was released nationwide on July 17.

Published by Doubleday in the U.S., it will be published by Simon and Schuster in the UK in August, and released internationally in the coming months.

The novel has received stellar reviews from dozens on publications nationwide, including the Washington Post, USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Associated Press, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, and People Magazine. On July 23, it was announced the Book of the Week on Oprah.com.

Bohjalian is currently on a three-week book tour to more than 20 cities.

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  1. This is great news. This book could easily be made into a screenplay for a movie. Hopefully Mr. Bohjalian has secured those rights. Amy Adams for the role of Elizabeth!

    • Boyajian
      Thanks for telling to be Screen play
      Like the ‘Love story’ Written by Erich Segal…in 1970
      I think it will be stronger in passion, emotions…
      and tragedies after each other…

      In every Armenian home there is a story …
      Please encourage people to write…
      May be should have a site

      “Stories from Armenian Genocide…”
      And find editor to correct the English…Let people pay to the Editor…
      I have my stories and stories from Arab Bedouins…!!!
      I am still collecting…

      This idea is better than waste our time to teach the unteachable
      Who want to force their cruel opinions on Us.
      Is not enough they got everything still they stay unsatisfied…!
      They are entering this site even to impede our ego…!

    • Joe Manganiello for Armen–he’s one-quarter Hye. Says his grandmother was a survivor in Constantinople.

      Thank you Chris for bringing our story to a broad-reaching non-Armenian audience.

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