May Bahar, a gifted young woman is building a new life in her war-torn country. The conversations she has in café River, about various topics including social issues, show who she is and what kind of people she calls friends. But nothing lasts forever. May faces one difficulty after another until she can’t take it anymore. She calls herself a failure and moves to live alone in the mountains. Yet, this move, the one she calls failure, proves to be the greatest thing she ever did.

 

This story has a deeper meaning. It is written from the future about the present because only the future would think to ask vital questions.

Even the title of the story is somewhere between ‘there is no such thing as just another life’ and ‘we expect too much from our ordinary, little lives’.

 

May and her friends are deeply concerned about the world, they talk a lot about it regularly, but they never think to do anything – this is what I like to call ‘passive activism’. The protagonist, as well as the reader, are left with the question: what should and could the characters do to avoid the Global catastrophe that happened and that they are being blamed for?

 

This question is open to every reader to answer for themselves. I will present my answer in the book about Alma, one of May’s closest friends.