She finds it heartbreaking that innocent people flee in terror from their beloved homes, comforting themselves that “the civilised world is kind”. This book is an excellent addition to the contemporary literature of human rights.
For all her uncertainty, Nayeri has found her place. In the lives and living quarters of refugees, using their “orphan details” to humanise a crisis so often portrayed as a footnote in geopolitical upheaval. She should write more of these stories and worry less about the telling.
Nayeri's 2017 Guardian Long Read asked why we expect refugees to be grateful to live in our country. now, she explains what it's like to be forced to flee your home and journey across borders in the hope of a new life.