"A Girl Made of Dust", by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi

Novel, 2009

Powerful depiction, from an eight year old girl’s point of view, living under the exploding skies of 1980s Lebanon, just outside Beirut. The use of a child’s point of view strips the grown up rhetoric of politics, so that what’s left is visceral stuff on the one hand, and some wonder, hurt and disappointment at the domestic world of adulthood. The book has a good pace throughout and treats and reflects on humanity rather than a group of victims. The mixture of childish wonder and wanton, deadly violence is powerful and makes for a provocative read. 

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