Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin exist in nearby worlds - yet live worlds apart. Rami is Israeli. Bassam is Palestinian. Both men have lost their daughters. Rami's thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends. Bassam's ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by the border police outside her school. She had just left the sweetshop with a candy bracelet in her pocket. The men are the best of friends. Colum McCann's epic novel is musical, muscular, delicate, intricate and soaring: a book for our times.