When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

Another good book with a different story and a significantly different location (from my usual reads) has been sitting in my TBR for a while now. From recent experience, it turns out that if I pick up such a book from the older ones on my virtual shelf, I end up sitting and reading them in almost one sitting!
The author’s note at the end is very revealing in terms of the actual facts that she drew this fictional tale from. It added an extra something to the narrative. It is based in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein’s rule. I knew next to nothing about a situation because in the early 2000s I was busy wrapping up high school, and I did not indulge in many conversations which involved world affairs then. The book was illuminating and suffocating in equal parts. It was easy to feel the paranoia (can it be called that when it is justified?) seeping out from the page. We have one white woman, a diplomat’s wife and two local women with vastly different lives. Each is carrying their own burden, and their lives intertwine together unexpectedly.
Given the way the background was provided and how the story turned out, I would have liked it even more if one of their tales (I am not going to reveal which one) did not turn out the way it did. It did not add much to the entire story for me. The book is not a happy story, and that is something a reader must know going in, given where and when it is based- I do not think anyone will expect it to be.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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