On a white-hot day in Tripoli, Libya, in the summer of 1979, nine-year-old Suleiman is shopping in the market square with his mother. His father is away on business — but Suleiman is sure he has just seen him, standing across the street in a pair of dark glasses. But why isn't he waving? And why doesn't he come over when he knows Suleiman's mother is falling apart? Whispers and fears intensify around Suleiman: his best friend's father disappears and is next seen being interrogated on state television; a man parks his car outside the house every day and asks strange questions; and his mother frantically burns his father's books. As Suleiman begins to wonder whether his father has disappeared for good, it feels as if the walls of his home will break with the secrets that are being held within. This book was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Amy @ In Consideration of Books said, "Hi Bonnie, I have a book for you for a country you don't yet have listed and that is very topical right now: Libya. It was an excellent book and the author just has his second book out this month. Here is the link to my review."