A book of two halves, Sadness in My Heart begins with “Berlin,” where Yusif, a young man of Lebanese origins, has grown up in an adoptive family. The handsome Azo teaches Yusif how to love and supports him through his father’s illness, but when Yusif is bereaved, their relationship reaches breaking point. Part two, “Beirut,” sees Yusif set off alone to scatter his father’s ashes in the country of his birth, hoping to find out something about his biological family on the way. Yusif is thrilled to meet new people and discover the city’s nightlife, but as he travels around Lebanon in the company of his new friends, it slowly becomes clear that everybody of the civil war generation has blood on their hands—and his father is no different. Yusif has pieced together a sense of self out of love, friendship, and what family he has, but can it survive the discovery he makes in Beirut?
Approximate number of pages: 238 p.
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