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The Night Counter by Alia Yunis
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Aug 14, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, herstory, historical-fiction, magical-realism
Read in December, 2009

This was an enchanting novel, and I am astounded that it is a debut effort. It presented a kaleidoscope of experiences, each one ringing true and striking a different emotional color. What was real was the frustration you felt at the characters' shortcomings and the relief you felt at their triumphs. Remarkably, Yunis avoided the saccharine sweet and trite confections of happy endings that I was afraid was coming, but instead gave us something that felt both real (well, maybe a bit stretched for entertainment's sake) and wholesome. This novel left laughing at times, and sitting in contemplative quiet of the gentle ache evoked by the scenes of still tragedy. I can't wait for Yunis to write again.
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