Join Laith Keilany on Monday, March 12 at 6:30 in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room for a discussion of The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian.
The Sandcastle Girls tells the parallel stories of two women. Elizabeth Endicott is a privileged young woman from Boston who travels to Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 to bring aid to Armenian deportees. While there, she meets and falls in love with a young Armenian who has lost his wife and daughter. In present-day New York, their granddaughter, Laura, begins exploring their rich and tragic history, after learning her grandmother's photograph will be used in an upcoming exhibit about the Armenian genocide. This haunting, emotional read explores a nearly century old tragedy that is still widely unknown.
Keilany is a local musician and music teacher in Knoxville. He got his degree in English from UTK with emphasis on creative writing.