A Girl Made of Dust

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Jul 13, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A Girl Made of Dust is a sophisticated exploration of one family’s private battle to survive in the midst of civil war.
In her peaceful town outside Beirut, Ruba is slowly awakening to the shifting contours within her household: hardly speaking and refusing to work, her father has inexplicably withdrawn from his family; her once-youthful mother looks so sad that Ruba imagines her heart must have withered like a fig in the heat; and Ruba’s older brother has begun to secretly meet with older boys who carry guns. When Ruba decides that to salvage her family she must first save her father, she uncovers a long-buried secret that will send her on a journey away from the safety of childhood and into a brutal reality where men kill in the name of faith and race, past wrongs remain unforgiven, and where nothing less than courageous acts of sacrifice and unity can offer survival.
A Girl Made of Dust is a coming-of-age story sparked, but not consumed, by violence and loss. This strikingly assured debut captures both a country and a childhood plagued by a conflict that even at its darkest and most threatening, carries the promise of healing and retribution.

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User Review  - Moniica - LibraryThing

Synopsis: Set in Lebanon, 8 year-old Ruba is forced to grow up quickly during the 1982 Israeli invasion. Her father refuses to open the shop and instead sits in his armchair all day, her 10 year-old ... Read full review

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User Review  - labfs39 - LibraryThing

A Girl Made of Dust is set in Lebanon in 1982 during the Israeli Invasion. I enjoyed this coming of age story because of its simultaneously naive and wise protagonist, Ruba, and because I know so ... Read full review

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Born in 1972 in the Metn region of Lebanon, Abi-Ezzi and her family moved to England in 1983 when Israel invaded Lebanon. This is her first novel.

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