When the Apricots Bloom
Huda and Rania, childhood friends, become reunited as adults through a mutual friendship with Ally, an Australian ambassador’s wife living in Baghdad. Balancing loyalties to countrymen, living and dead, and to one another consumes their days. Ultimately though, each woman must decide when to keep and when to break confidences for their families’ survival, a non-negotiable commitment. This historical novel is both haunting and beautiful. It’s a great read-alike to Ismail Fahd Ismail’s The Old Woman in the River because in both novels the characters see what once was and what can be when facing the desecration of the land and people they love.