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Set in Kosovo, this story recounts the lives of two young girls with the same name: Marina. They are as alike as two peas in a pod. They spend their days happily together in their small village, which is home to two distinct communities.
With the arrival of spring, they devote their energies to cultivating red and white peonies, and even produce a hybrid that becomes the talk of the region.
But the summer passes and the happy times are over; hatred and conflict divide the two communities. The clear blue sky darkens with the smoke of burning houses. Forced to acknowledge the threat, the two families separate, but not forever -- the friendship will eventually be rekindled. The tale of Marina et Marina is well structured and supported by the black-and-white illustrations.