BookNotes author Paul-Lynch

  • Fascism can happy anywhere. Anyone can become a refugee.
  • Long. close interior paragraphs puts you almost in the head of Eilish but held at a distance#
  • Eilish is in denial of the situation, stays within the warzone, wanting her husband and son to come back.
  • Feels claustrophobic and tense throughout, with a couple of really shocking moments.
  • The details of the situation are left vague, with the focus on the day to day survival instead. The main character isn’t sure so we never are.
  • State and laws are agreed upon fictions that can be taken away without warning.
  • No happy ending, no release.
  • A powerful plea for empathy with refugees when we need it most.

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