The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bojahlian
In 1915 Turkey embarked on the genocide of its Armenian citizens. This book chronicles two stories. One is set in Aleppo in 1915 where Armenian women and children were force marched on their way to the death camps in the desert. The other story is set in present time as Laura Petrosian (Chris Bojahlian) uncovers her Armenian family saga.
It is an intense story but well written, moving back and forth in time. I found the breaks from 1915 to the present to be much needed relief from the horrors of the treatment of the women and children. The characters in the story are human and real and I really came to care about them. It is a book that I will not soon forget.