Monthly Archives: May 2012

Publishers’ Weekly weighs in on “The Sandcastle Girls”

Publishers’ Weekly weighed in on “The Sandcastle Girls” this week and I couldn’t be more grateful — given how important this book is to me. “Powerful. . .Bohjalian’s storytelling makes this a beautiful, frightening, and unforgettable read.” Here is the … Continue reading

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Night flight to Yerevan: You really can go home again

Last week I shared with you that earlier this month I was traveling in Lebanon. I was also in Armenia. I am half-Armenian, and after the death of my father last summer, I felt an inexorable tug to stand on … Continue reading

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‘The Coldest Night,’ by Robert Olmstead, takes readers back to the Korean War

How is it that Americans tuned into “M*A*S*H” for 11 years — savoring a mighty impressive 250-plus episodes — and yet the Korean War remains “The Forgotten War”? The answer may be that while “M*A*S*H” reminded us that war is … Continue reading

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The U.S. is more than guns and butter

At one point earlier this month when I was in the backseat of a car working its way through Beirut traffic, the driver told me, “This is a Hezbollah neighborhood. I don’t think they’ll be burning tires to block traffic … Continue reading

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Bear naked? A bold fashion statement.

Thanks to a couple of bears and a bird feeder, last month we learned two important things about our Governor: He does not sleep in pajamas. And he really cares about his bird feeders. For those of you who were … Continue reading

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Can you top the ‘Bristol Stomp’ — without risking amputation?

The town of Bristol, Vermont is about to turn 250, and as part of its celebration next month, it is looking for a song: A song that celebrates the town’s history and what the village has meant to its residents … Continue reading

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The story behind the story: The kernel that led to the novel, “The Sandcastle Girls”

Sometimes my novels have positively elephantine gestation periods—and even that, in some cases, is an underestimate. A mother elephant carries her young for not quite two years; I have spent, in some cases, not quite two decades contemplating the tiniest … Continue reading

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