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The Bullet Collection: A Novel

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“Passionate, lyrical, and deeply humane, this tale of two sisters caught in a war without end moves effortlessly through space and time . . . an astonishing first novel.” —Andrea Barrett

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
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 5th 2003 by Graywolf Press
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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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Patricia Sarrafian Ward was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and is of American-Armenian-Danish heritage. She moved to the United States at the age of eighteen. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Her novel, The Bullet Collection, about two sisters growing up in wartime Beirut, was published by Graywolf Press in 2003, and received GLCA New ...more
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