An unusual, glorious tale of love, mystery, tragedy and adventure: a search for identity and meaning, and a rite of passage. I loved the lyrical writing and the complex plot, set in the contrasting worlds of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Bangladesh. Zubaida is an engaging heroine, seeking fulfilment through career (as a paleontologist) and relationships, and also seeking her roots, her place in the world, peace and grace, This story also had me searching on the internet for the Glass Flowers of Harvard museum - well worth investigating and I would now love to see them. This book, as exquisitely crafted as the flowers, swept me up and delighted me. Where we come from may shape us, but in the end we must take responsibility for our own destiny.