A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible: A heartwarming tale of love amid war
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Christy Lefteri is a historical and literary fiction author from the United Kingdom that is best known for the novel “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” which she published in 2019. I’m interested in going to Greece to research the wild fires that happened in Mati a few years ago. I’m interested in learning more about the effects of climate change on communities and families. It is July 1974 and on a bright, sunny morning, the Turkish army has invaded the town of Kyrenia in Cyprus. For many people, this means an end to their ordinary lives. But for some, it is a chance to begin living again. For one young woman, brought up without her mother and shunned by the community, the invasion brings an opportunity to, at long last, share her side of the story. To an invading soldier, it becomes a search for his one true love, lost years ago. And for a man far from the action, it brings memories of the past flooding into his mind – a woman, a child and a secret never told. A Watermelon, A Fish and a Bible is a breathtaking novel about love, loss, identity and what family really means. A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible by Christy Lefteri – eBook Details
The book contains a lot of tragedy and violence. It is a sad tale of rejection and death. There is a fair amount of bad language and some blasphemy which I didn't appreciate. There is no graphic sexual detail although rape is eluded to and the after effects are obvious in the telling of the story. There is a lot of violence, it is not disturbingly graphic, just sad. Even though her parents loved her very much and she led a very happy childhood, she always sensed that something unsettling had happened to them. For some reason, she intuitively knew that they left because things were not all good and happy.I loved the story in this book and being married to a Cypriot refugee find the story to be close to my heart.
Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2020-12-10 08:23:19 Boxid IA1998922 Camera USB PTP Class Camera Collection_set printdisabled External-identifier This story, despite being so sad, was very charming. The characters were so bold and realistic, it almost felt like reading a report of real events. I loved how different they all were and this ended up being a very rare occasion in which I actually cared about every single perspective being offered to me. They were all fascinating and came together to tie the story up nicely. Nicely definitely not being a literal description of how it plays out. This is still, at the end of the day, a story about the devastating impacts of war and corrupt politics. It did these things the utmost justice in my opinion, accurately and beautifully handled. On the other hand, her second novel is the story of a married couple forced to flee Syria which was inspired by real accounts of refugees recounted to her while she was volunteering for UNICEF in Athens.The human stories behind news images of Syrian war refugees emerge in a novel both touching and terrifying. Lefteri currently works at Brunel University, where she teaches creative writing. Previously she was a teacher of English as a Second Language and also worked in Greece volunteering for UNICEF.