The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group – April

bookwormThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm at the home of Shannon Ossorio. Meet at the church at 6:30 if you want to carpool. This month we are reading The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. The Sandcastle Girls is a spellbinding tale that travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage. When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, the First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. Elizabeth meets Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has lost his wife and infant daughter. Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, and he begins to write Elizabeth letters. He soon realizes that he has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman. Flash forward to the present, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York. Laura has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought, but when a 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. In May we will be reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. In June we will be reading The Love Song of Miss Quennie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper. All are welcome.

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