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Awar Jarrar has written a powerful and moving novel, full of character and insight, of joy and tears, which makes us understand how people can stand such daily fear of violence and can continue to have faith in the country of their heart.
Paperback, 277 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Harper Torch (first published May 28th 2009)
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The premise -the story of Lebanon as told by various residents of one apartment building. Sounds intiguing, right? Alas, for me the story was slow-moving and cluttered with too many ponderous observations.

But what really made me give up on this book was the character Margo- she's so kind and wonderfully wise, completely mysterious and unrealistically saintly. What drove me over the edge was how Margo called her neighbor Layla 'sweetheart' in nearly every single line of dialogue. I know that's...more
Although a simple tale, with a slow-moving narrative, I found that I enjoyed this novel simply because it exposed me to a new culture. After reading this book, I wanted to just rush out to the nearest Lebanese restaurant and order some 'labneh' or walk along the wharf trying to picture the vividly described scenes of daily life at the corniche. Scenes of the daily struggle faced by refugees from villages and daily life in the city where life must go on despite the war raging around it, will alwa...more
A novel set in Beirut, Lebanon of how some v different individuals are thrown together and how thier lives evolve in a city which is often riddled with conflict and strife.
Nina May
I enjoyed this one although didn't think it was anything too special. Nicely written and easy to read.
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Nada Awar Jarrar is a Lebanese novelist. Her novel, Somewhere, Home, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best First Book, South East Asia and South Pacific.
She has lived in London, Paris, Sydney and Washington D.C. She is married; they have a daughter and live in Beirut.
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