(Updated July 10th, 2012)
In the new novel The Sandcastle Girls, an old newspaper photo sends an American journalist back through her family’s history to learn about love, loss, and a wrenching secret that’s been buried for generations. Author Chris Bohjalian explains how an old photo of his family inspired him write the novel and explore his Armenian heritage. Have you ever found on old photo or letter that sparked your imagination? Last week, we asked Red Roomers to blog about the time they had done just that.
A few entries stood out:
- The ongoing chore of going through thirty years of old boxes turns devastating as author Charles Ray relates in "When Memories in the Attic Turned into Nightmares."
- While the newspaper article member Maria Andreu discovered wasn't old, the way she describes the effect it had on her is too important not to recognize, especially since she posted "The Newspaper Article That Changed My Life" the day after Independence Day.
- In "Old Spice," member Patricia Anne Goldrick uses vivid descriptions and specific detail to evoke both a time and place—Canada in the mid-20th century—and relationships—her and her parents.
These bloggers will receive a copy of The Sandcastle Girls, Chris Bohjalian’s novel of the Armenian Genocide that explores how our ancestral past informs our contemporary lives.
I hope you'll read all the entries in this blog challenge and let your favorite bloggers know in the comments what you liked about their posts. All of Red Room's past topics are collected here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room