Set during the 1980s civil war in Lebanon, `Dreams of Water' is
complusively readable, deceptively simple and overwhelmingly
moving.'If you could tell me just one thing about yourself, what
would it be?'She begins, 'I would say that I once lost a
brother.'As a young man disappears, his family is left wondering,
hoping, fearing for what may have become of him. It is only through
his loss that they begin to truly understand the deep bond of love
that ties their family together.Aneesa, his sister, feels the loss
of her brother intensely and, unable to live in the vacuum left by
his disappearance, she leaves her home and all she holds dear. She
moves to London seeking a new life, new friends, and a release from
her sorrow. There she meets an older man, another exile who reminds
her of home. Brought together by their shared feeling for their
homeland, they form an unlikely friendship. Yet, Aneesa finds she
cannot mourn without knowing the truth about her brother's death,
she cannot get on with her life without some certainty.Meanwhile,
back home, Aneesa's mother is grieving for her son. Unable to cope
with his loss, she resorts to her community's traditional beliefs
and imagines he has been reincarnated. Aneesa reluctantly returns
home, determined to uncover the truth behind her brother's
disappearance, and rekindle the sense of belonging that she left
behind.`Dreams of Water' is a moving story of love, loss and
family. Set against a backdrop of upheaval and violence, it reminds
us of the importance of hope, of love, and of the strength of
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