An absolutely beautiful book! An emotional story that travels through time and continents. Alyan's writing is rich and powerful, her characters vivid and compelling, if not altogether very likable... Despite this family's sad history and complicated present, their love and gratitude for one another helps them overcome tragedy, resentment and betrayal.
Hala Alyan skillfully writes this book that keeps you extremely engaged with the characters and their journey. And you are always kept on your toes because the story unravels slowly but constantly. You get rewarded at every page of the book.
The setting was wonderful and I felt like, with the descriptions of the novel, I was there, front and center. I was hanging on every single word. I was so impressed with the writing style that this author is now an auto-buy for me and thats saying a lot.