This is a wonderful story, full of surprises, which slowly draws you in, and then you can’t put the book down. Because of what’s happening out there in the world, there are many refugee stories being published, but this is one of the best I’ve read.
The book opens with fifteen year old Samar, travelling with her family on the Trans-Siberian railway, escaping the horrors of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and heading towards an unknown future.
The reasons why the family had to flee, and the family secrets, are slowly revealed. Samar is the family storyteller and this story has the power to move and shock. The reader gradually realises that things on the train are not as one is first lead to believe.
Samar, with a discarded copy of Anna Karenina, her resilience, imagination and creative urge to write her family’s story, is a very brave girl. By the end of the book, you are left hoping with all your heart that our heroine will survive and flourish.
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