Syrian-American, Lydia Fadoul, has spent a year waiting for her fiance’ to return from war in Iraq, only to discover that he is broken by trauma and the devastating effects of PTSD. Just when he finally agrees to seek help, he takes his own life and leaves behind a story of murder, betrayal, and mystery. In her second, contemporary fiction novel since Budapest, Tiffani Burnett-Velez weaves a fast-paced literary tale about the rumors we believe and the prejudices we create in order to protect our hearts from the truth.
Lydia stays there for several minutes, feeling the love inside her heart seep into the earth and down into his coffin. She pictures it making the grass grow in the spring and feeding the
trees, and she feels her tears drying up. Finally, standing to her feet, and dusting herself off, she blows him another kiss and promises to come back again soon. She walks to her car and drives the short distance to her home, passing the Victorian era neighborhoods in which she played and grew up and walked with Thomas the months when their lives intersected at these same corners and points of the city they both loved.
Tiffani Burnett-Velez has been a freelance writer since 1996. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Pennsylvania Magazine, Health.com, and Yahoo! News. Her first novel, Budapest (LFP 2007) was featured in the New York Book Festival and the 42nd Annual Conference of Jewish Librarians. Her short fiction has appeared in Toe Good Poetry and other online literary magazines. She is also the author of the bestselling Embers of War Series. She frequently writes about women’s issues and history. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family.