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A vivid portrayal of the devastation of war and the triumph of love and friendship

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5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-2020

This could have been a novel that left you feeling quite hopeless and distressed about the plight of refugees and what they endure, but the characters are so complex, and some show such compassion and acts of kindness (in spite of their treatment) that its a truly uplifting novel. Nuri and Afra exist in a world that is so foreign yet the detail of their existence draws us into their mental and physical landscape they inhabit on their journey to freedom. It’s a sad and tender story about loss, love and belonging,and the author’s work as a volunteer in refugee camps means that she has honoured the refugees with a truly beautiful novel that reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit and our capacity for love.

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