A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE * SHORTLISTED FOR THE PRIX FEMINA AND THE PRIX MEDICIS * WINNER OF THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRES ETRANGER * WINNER OF THE 2020 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS * CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF 2020 BY THE SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, GUARDIAN, i PAPER, FINANCIAL TIMES, NEW STATESMAN, SCOTSMAN, IRISH TIMES, BBC.COM, WATERSTONES.COM * 'A wondrous book. It left me hopeful; this is its gift' - Elizabeth Strout * 'An empathy engine . . . It is, itself, an agent of change' - New York Times Book Review * 'A quite extraordinary novel' - Kamila Shamsie.
How do we continue living once we have lost our reason to live?
Rami and Bassam live in the city of Jerusalem - but exist worlds apart, divided by an age-old conflict.Â And yet they have one thing in common. Both are fathers; both are fathers of daughters - and both daughters are now lost.
When Rami and Bassam meet, and tell one another the story of their grief, the most unexpected thing of all happens: they become best of friends.Â And their stories become one story, a story with the power to heal - and the power to change the world.
'The book goes anywhere and everywhere. It is a delirious and thrilling improvisation, a jazz solo spun out of that meeting . . .Â A spectacular structure of stories about everything' - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times