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Marianna watches her older sister Alaine collect the detritus of war from around Beirut—bullets, shrapnel, grenades, a gas mask. These objects, some taken from dead bodies, catalogue Alaine’s retreat into a dangerous depression. As the family struggles to endure the daily violence of the Middle East conflict, it is Marianna who becomes her older sister’s keeper, watching f ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 5th 2003 by Graywolf Press
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Jean Grant
Oct 26, 2012 Jean Grant rated it it was amazing
lived a decade in Beirut, ending with the first two year of the Civil War. The Bullet Collection is a magnificent novel--in that cliche, "it tells it the way it was." My sons had bullet collections, and so did virtually all the kids who lived on the AUB campus. I had forgotten the emotions of civilians in war, and Sarrafian Ward brought them back to me--the excitement and adrenalin, the pathos, the boredom and fear. She describes the city and campus lyrically. Her writing makes me want to go ba ...more
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