Love is love, but love is hard, and never more so than in this story of two sisters, Christian Arabs who live in the Wadi, the Arab quarter of Haifa. Mary is pregnant by their landlord´s son but is craftily negotiating a marriage with Wahid and placating his terrible mother. Huda feels herself closed and cold but is taken by the sounds of the trumpet coming from the attic room--Alex, a Russian Jew, plays the instrument. The sisters live with their widowed mother and their Egyptian grandfather, and the dances between Alex and Huda and between Mary and Wahid´s family ride the currents of Jew and Muslim, Arab and Christian. Huda´s blossoming like a flower is cut short in the most tragic way, a political end to a personal tale. Beautiful writing that survives the translator´s journey.