An eight-year-old, as sympathetic as she may be, is not always the most reliable narrator. I think Abi-Ezzi counts on the reader to understand what her protagonist Ruba isn't able to explain. Or maybe the storytelling just isn't that great. The premise--a Christian family trying to get by in Lebanon in the early 1980s--is compelling enough, but I just didn't buy into the drama of the fucked up father and the terrible secret from his past.
Mar 3 2010