“A brilliant combination of geopolitics and family history... eloquently exploring grief, resilience, and loss. [Malek] is a deft reporter and storyteller.”
— Publisher's Weekly (starred review/Pick of the Week)
“Malek’s powerful memoir beautifully captures the history of her family and of their country... allowing readers insight into the personal stakes of the ongoing war”
— Booklist (starred review)
"A necessary, conscious corrective... [Does] what hasn't been done often enough thus far--wrest back the story of Syria for ordinary Syrians, showing us a place that has been lost and that most of the world never knew. [A] remarkable book.”
"Moving and insightful, Malek's memoir combines sharp-eyed observations of Syrian politics... with elegiac commentary on home, exile, and a bygone era. Provocative, richly detailed reading."
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