on 12 May 2002
This delightful book deals with the life of a young girl growing up in Iraq, the daughter of an English woman and an Iraqi man.
The descriptions of her childhood are wonderfully observed - I used to live in Iraq and found it very evocative. The tensions between her parents, the experience of being 'between two cultures', growing up during the Gulf War - all described memorably.
I would prefer a stronger thread/plot - the writer is stronger on description than direction - but on the whole this is a very good novel. Read it!