An Amazing, Atmospheric Family Drama

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This is the story of a disjointed family brought together by a death, and the father's decision to sell the family home in Beirut. When the family members travel back to Beirut to settle the and plan a memorial for their grandfather, their lives will intersect and the secrets they have been hiding from each other, and the themselves, will be forced into the open.

I loved this book. It was rich and atmospheric. I loved how it was told in parts, each chapter from the viewpoint of each of the three siblings and their mother. The story takes place in Lebanon, Syria, and America. I fell in love with each of the characters and the family dynamic. It also opened my eyes to some of the history in the Middle East, and the way the author described the scenery and the culture there, I felt transported. I will be adding other books by Hala Alyan to my TBR after reading this one.