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to the shifting contours within her household: hardly speaking and refusing to work, her father has inexplicably withdrawn from his family; her once-youthful mother looks so sad that Ruba imagines her heart must have withered like a fig in the heat; and Ruba’s older brother has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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This book is a little gem, I really loved it. It's a tale of a child's life in Lebanon during the civil war. It's well crafted, with several interweaving story lines and very well formed and ... Read full review

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This is very much a book of two halves. The first half was nicely written, atmospheric in the threat and conflict of burgeoning war, but slow as a wet week. Then at about the halfway point, a plot ... 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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