Writer and Artist: Zeina Abirached
Both the art and the narrative themes are highly reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. Unfortunately, Abirached does not have quite the same knack for storytelling. The book is short: 95 pages. That's not such a sin in itself but I didn't feel I had much time to fall in love with either the characters or the setting. Also, too many of her sentences begin with "I remember..." While there is poetic potential in such repetition, the rest of the text does not deliver on such lyrical promise. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about Lebanon, particularly during such a volatile time period. But I would have preferred something more substantive.
In short, it's a good book. But Satrapi's work is better.