“Then there is the lyricism of the desert night: neighbors boys’ with their blue tongues are hanging from silver lamp posts; girls are forced to serve while dressed in nothing but shackles, women indeed are being raped in an evil oceanic clamoring across an entire war-zone—and Eman Hassan is the gifted journalist to all this suffering; she asks like the moon, that seen too much in a single night, for clouds to cover the unscented, adverted experience with a healing of water that is pure like prayer. I could never exaggerate the importance of this necessary book. It is virtually haunting!” —Norman Dubie

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