a good quick book about middle east and american relations in one family. a novel about an american french lebanese christian raised in france then moved to lebanon as a young child. she moved w/grandparents to france shortly after the american embassy bombing in the 80's. this novel takes place in three different time periods one of birth and childhood her first years in france & lebanon, as a young adult in love w/a muslim man in portugal right before the american invasion of iraq after 9/11, then last in france again as she is sent on a mission by a mysterious american gov't agent to find her old flame. it does jump around but it is not confusing - like some novels that have used this techinique. the author is very careful not to foreshadow to much so you dont know the ending or reasons for characters behavior until it fits the narrative. theres also another story in there about her relationship w/her american father. it is more spy/adventure novel w/relationships thrown in and how they complicate the mission.