The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles is such an enchanting and captivating story. The writing was so vivid that I felt as though I was Hala and experiencing what she was. I could see the devastation the bombs had created, could see the injured and burned children and heard their cries of pain as though I was standing right next to them. War is never a good solution and its ramifications are not limited to the area being targeted but instead have far reaching repercussions.
The children in this story have lost and suffered more in their short lives than most of us will ever have experienced in our entire lifetime! The resilience of the families is unbelievable.
The story follows Hala, a Muslim woman who is a British journalist covering stories in war torn Iraq. Hala ultimately makes a promise to two sisters to help them after being injured in the war but finds she isn't able to keep one of those promises and then must face the grandmother she also promised. The trauma that this causes her is surreal and affects her life in ways she didn't expect. Hala must come to terms with her broken promise to the sisters', the grandmother, and also for the lack of something within herself she has wanted for years but was unable to achieve.
This was a powerful, potent, completely unforgettable, and hauntingly good memoir!!
February 21, 2011