There are many heartbreaking moments in Poppies of Iraq, but the one that really sticks with you comes about two-thirds of the way through, when co-creator Brigitte Findakly recalls her family’s decision to leave her childhood home of Mosul. “We’ll be back as soon as Iraq is doing better,” her father tells her mother in 1972. Of course, the day when that nation’s fortunes improved never arrived, nor does it appear to be on the horizon even today. However, this memoir brims with memories of the days when young Findakly found things to love about Iraq amid the things she feared. Jumping back and forth through time with the help of her husband, Lewis Trondheim, Findakly’s autobiographical tale is one that will pull you in and twist you with the grief of dreams deferred.