Author: Jessica Jiji
The good: A vivid, descriptive tale of children growing up in Iraq during WWII. It was easy to imagine the scenes and smells and the relationships beyond those of the main characters. Jiji also does a great job demonstrating the complexities of Iraqi relationships with the friendships between a Jewish Iraqi boy, his Muslim neighbor, and a Marsh Arab girl.
The bad: I wanted a happy ending, not a bittersweet one.
The verdict: I liked it. It's not for everyone and definitely not for those looking for a pick-me-up. But if you're looking for a new twist on the star-crossed lovers plot, read this book.