It was meant to be like coming home…
Safi wondered if he knew that she wanted a story to fill the cold space inside her and make her feel homey as his stories always did, because he’d been telling them to her for as long as she could remember. She smiled at him, a smile that felt a bit wobbly.
For all her 12 years, Safinar’s parents have dreamed of returning to Grandpa’s native village in Crimea from exile in Uzbekistan. But exchanging their sunny, sprawling home for a tent in a squalid camp is more like a nightmare.
Written mostly from Safi’s sensitive pre-teen perspective, this book is an exploration in identity & culture, and how these can hold a family together and tear it apart. I am halfway through and absolutely gripped by this compelling tale about the Crimean Tatars’ struggle to reclaim the land from which they were exiled in the Second World War.
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