This the book I started this morning at 4:30- "The Night Counter" by Alia Yunis:
Mike's aunt told me about it (thanks Mary!) and it is wonderful so far. Fatima with the purple hair tells stories of her life in Lebanon to Scheherazade each night, while her ten Arab American children live their lives. You can read more here:
Perfect predawn rainy March reading, it is one of those books I would like to abandon everything for today and just read it straight through. It has been a while since I have found a book like that.