This novel begins in Richmond Heights, Ohio in the late 20th Century and then transitions to "Ten kilometers west of Diyarbekir" in the early 1900s Ottoman Empire. Significant portions of the novel also take place in Syria and Jerusalem, as it unfolds across the 20th Century. The characters we meet along this incredible journey include Armenians, Turks, Kurds, Arabs, Beduin Arabs, Jews and U.S. "spooks." All of this fascinating tale is told as if we were sitting in a coffee shop on an exotic street and our best friend was telling us of his incredible life experience and the scenes take place in front of us on streets where camels and donkeys, soldiers and exotically clad natives saunter past.
As in his previous novels, Dr. Wilson captures our attention, and interest, and brings us another nail biting, page turning, extremely humane (and human) story from an almost unknown, at least to most of us, part of the world.This is a tale of love, hatred, and revenge, and, as the title reads, also, and to me most importantly, FORGIVENESS.I agree with the other reviewers comment: I envy you new readers as you sit down "at the coffee table" and start to experience the world that you are about to enter. I loved it more even than Winter in Kandahar, one of my favorites!