I cannot remember being so thoroughly moved by a book as I was by this one. I felt as though I had a part of the genuine experience of living in a war zone. Sections of this are achingly sad (the story of how one of the characters who, faced with experiencing torture for the second time, turns to betrayal of his neighbors, left me haunted) but there is humor, too. Marra paints his characters with such depth that I could envision them at every step. Find this book for yourself and experience its soul and humanity.