The Bullet Collection

by Patricia Sarrafian Ward | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1555973760 Global Overview for this book
Registered by okyrhoe of Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on 9/10/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Friday, September 10, 2004
Winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association 35th Annual New Writers Award.

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"In Ward's powerful debut novel, two sisters and their Beirut family serve as a microcosm for all the resiliency and magic of that war-torn city and all the tragedy of the endless bloodshed in the Middle East. Marianna narrates this brooding, poetic, and startlingly insightful tale of female coming-of-age in a time of war, beginning as a child enthralled by her fierce, preternaturally competent older sister, Alaine, and moving into her eighteenth year. Alaine, dark and wiry, takes after their Armenian Egyptian mother, while blond Marianna resembles their American father, making her an outsider in the land of her birth. Alaine attempts to establish order and objectify her despair by collecting bullets, but she is eventually overwhelmed by a violently self-destructive form of depression. Marianna avidly witnesses the suffering all around her, until, safe if unhappy in exile in America, she finally falls prey to her own nearly fatal tsunami of desolation. As somber as this novel of war is, it is also lyrical and sustaining as Ward, who grew up in Beirut, conveys with remarkable accuracy and heart the fact that the most deliciously ordinary aspects of the life of a curious, envious, fantasy-prone young girl persist in even the most extraordinary circumstances."

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