The couple remain connected in their hearts even as they are divided by distance, keeping in touch through text messages. Inspired by the poetry of Islam, the two exchange elegant couplets memorable enough to keep their blossoming romance alive even when their phones go out of range. As he faces unimaginable horrors in the wake of destruction, Sidan is carried through by the powerful force of his love, sustained by the ballads that find him through his phone, always buoyed by the thought of his sweet Firdaus whispering unforgettable phrases in his ear. And just as they can always trust in their prayers, they can trust in one another.
The intensity and fervent hope of these two lovers’ words ring as true as a classic love song—so simple, yet so heartrending—and as they struggle to return to each other’s arms, they include the reader in the intimate beauty of their exchanges.
- Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor