Perparim Kapllani’s novel “The Thin Line” has the readers walking on a thin line of emotions.
The drama unfolds when Ermal Bllaca’s family flees and hides in a basement to escape from the Serbian Police and Yugoslav Army who are taking revenge by killing Albanians for the NATO bombing of former Yugoslavia. But they had nothing to do with the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Hundreds die including his mother , Marigona and three sisters Tana, Trendelina, and Dodona.
We witness Ermal’s grief and his recovery from his surgery of his bleeding arm. Throughout the novel intense action and suspense is created until Ermal is finally reunited with his father, Adem.
The struggles that Ermal and Adem experience are palpable. They have to adjust to a new homeland while being tormented and haunted by the memories of the war atrocities they witnessed.
They get some type of closure once their family is located and a proper burial is provided and they are present to witness the event.
The novel is compelling and heart-wrenching.
Maria Pia Marchelletta