- A first novel with tremendous heart, which captures both a country and a childhood in turmoil. Ten-year-old Ruba lives in a village outside Beirut. From her family home, she can see the buildings shimmering on the horizon and the sea stretched out beside them. She can also hear the rumble of the shelling – this is Lebanon in the 1980s and civil war is tearing the country apart. Ruba however has her own worries. Her father hardly ever speaks and spends most of his days sitting in his armchair, avoiding work and family. Her mother looks so sad that Ruba thinks her heart might have withered in the heat like a fig. Her elder brother, Naji, has started to spend his time with older boys – and some of them have guns. When Ruba decides she has to save her father, and when she uncovers his secret, she begins a journey which takes her from childhood to the beginnings of adulthood.
These kinds of books always fascinate me and this one is no different. I hope to have a chance to read it soon. Why do I like the cover? I like that I can picture the village that Ruba lives in and the girl in blue in the right hand corner seems lost, like she’s looking to find her way~that must be Ruba. I also love the richness of color and the detailing of the market. I think it’s great!