At the beginning of America’s occupation of Iraq, 15 years after leaving Baghdad, Zeina returns to her war-torn homeland as an interpreter for the US Army where she finds herself torn by conflicting allegiances. Her traditional grandmother, the only family member that Zeina believes she has in Iraq, disapproves of her granddaughter’s involvement with the occupying forces. Whilst in Baghdad, Zeina meets two ‘brothers’ she knows nothing of. When she falls deeply in love with Muhaymin, a militant in the Al Mehdi Army, she begins to question all her values.
This is a riveting story about an American woman of Iraqi Christian origin who comes with the Americans as a translator. She meets her grandmother who was still in Baghdad and the story demonstrates the clash between the two generations in their understanding of ethics and belonging. The book was shortlisted for the 2009 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
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