Loved it!

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When the patriarch of the family dies, it’s decided that the ancestral home in Beirut should be sold. A father, a mother, their three adult children, and the important people in their lives all come to life as this family saga plays out in a past and present telling us how they got here.

This novel hits the deepest emotions—secrets kept, love lost, shame, desire, regret and forgiveness. The author draws out fully fledged characters that I kind of fell in love with and already miss. The complex character development didn’t stop with the people, even Damascus and Beirut had life breathed in to them and had their own personae. It was an extraordinary, captivating read with a powerful statement about relationships and family, forgiving and re-forgiving those closest to us. It’s a slower, character driven novel and I absolutely loved it.