A contemporary fable with resonance and urgency

During a bombing raid, Naimah is hit with shrapnel and her baby Ajmal is ejected from her arms. She regains consciousness in a makeshift hospital only to learn Ajmal is missing. Dafoe's parallel tales--Naimah's pained search for her son and Ajmal's playful adventures in Perterra--come together in an unexpected way. Dafoe writes movingly, and her artful, absorbing book will keep you enthralled until the very last page. 
Mary Lynch Kennedy, Ph.D.

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