01 — The President’s Garden
The author of this stunning novel served as a tank commander with the Iraqi army during the Gulf War. He has been living in Spain since 1995 but it is his real life experiences from his time living in Iraq that are the cornerstones of his novel. The story begins on the third day of Ramadan when nine banana boxes are discovered by a villager. Each contains the severed head of nine of the men from the village. Behind the brutal deaths are the stories of a war, a revolution and the secrets buried with the bodies in the President’s gardens. A haunting read that stays with you long after you have turned the last page. If it is your pick for book club it will provoke debate and discussion like no other novel.