Starting from a village in Jerusalem we cross three generations of women and end up in Georgetown, America. We start from a traditional, very conservative woman who is stepping out or rather forced to step out of her environment to take over a business she knows nothing about. No knowledge of the world, no knowledge of accounts, mother and wife and how she transforms not just her life but those of her children holding in trust the business for her husband to return to from a war which destroys their homeland.
Three women, Miriam her daughter Nadia given opportunities beyond her dreams of an education, flying in the face of clan opposition as to what good this is all going to be and then her daughter Nijmeh facing deviousness from her own cousin who is determined to lay waste to Nijmeh's dreams and hopes and take it all for herself. All three women live their lives in the face of vast change - both to their country and within their own families. They each in turn face opposition from within when they try to do something different as the clan influence is great and the good name of the clan is more important than the ambitions of the individual.
How these three women live their lives very bravely is the story told by this author. I loved the descriptiveness in this story. Not just the cultural background but the nitty gritty of daily life - how they lived, what they ate and especially the camaraderie amongst the various groups.
This was a book sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of Lake Union Publishing.