A meditation on the civilian casualties of war, from the end of WWI to WWII. Author Paul Griner examines all the shades of gray that exist for those caught up in wars that other people start. I lived with this book for three weeks, which is typically longer than I usually spend reading a novel. Had the book been driven more by drama, rather than character study, I'm sure it would have gone faster. However, that might have been the author's subliminal intention. The two main characters are ultimately aligned with no nationality, but are trying to survive war with some humanity intact. War is hell, especially for the bystanders.