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The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel | Nadia Hashimi
A luminous and unforgettable tale of two women, destiny, and identity in AfghanistanKabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient Afghan custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age. As a boy, she has the kind of freedom that was previously unimaginable . . . freedom that will transform her forever.But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great-grandmother Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life in the same waythe change took her on a journey from the deprivation of life in a rural village to the opulence of a king's palace in the bustling metropolis of Kabul.Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams. What will happen once Rahima is old enough to marry? How long can Shekiba pass as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?
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la_rose_noire
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#aprilwrapup Read less this month as I struggled to get through Whistle in the Dark.

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la_rose_noire
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Pickpick

Rahima is raised as a #bachaposh, a girl who lives and behaves as a boy in #Afghanistan. Through her story as well as her great grandmother's, Shekiba, we dive into a world of #childbride and conditions of Afghani women.

Texreader Such an excellent book 2y
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Sent everyone away from the living room for an hour! 🍷📚🛋 #cozyambience #leavemommyalone #mymetime

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I absolutely adore this book. It‘s long but I wish it would have kept going for another 200 pages. It‘s about the plight of women in Afghanistan both 100 years ago and today. (There are some rough scenes in this book. Be gentle with yourself.) #ReadingAsia

BarbaraBB Fab review. I‘ll check this book out. 2y
Librarybelle Great review! Stacking! 2y
Jari-chan Agree, it's such a great book ❤️ 2y
Texreader Such a good book!! 2y
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Jas16
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Two women in Afghanistan, 100 years apart, who struggle with the limitations of being female and having no power over your own life. Both get to act in the world as men for a limited time but it is not enough to keep them safe for long. Both story lines are equally compelling as they illustrate how little has changed in the lives of women in a century. #booked2020 #setinsouthernasia

alisiakae Great review! ✔️🎉 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve been meaning to read this one!! Thanks for putting it back on my radar 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds great. 📚💙👊🏻 2y
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UnabridgedPod
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The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, which I read as part of a buddy read with @readwithtoni, is my first book by Nadia Hashimi, but I'll definitely be seeking out more. This novel is set in two time periods in Afghanistan, illuminating the way that life had evolved for two girls over generations.⠀

The book opens with Rahima, who is one of five daughters. Rahima's mother is making a valiant effort to educate her daughters, ⬇️

UnabridgedPod but she faces resistance from her community, her in-laws, and her husband, whose opium addiction makes him a hindrance more than a help. Finally, she gives in to the limitations of having no boys in the house and makes Rahima into Rahim, a bacha posh. In this tradition, a girl lives as a boy until puberty and is therefore able to seek education and to move through the community with the same freedoms a boy would have. ⬇️ 2y
UnabridgedPod Rahim finds this new lifestyle and better treatment so appealing, reveling in escaping the limitations of girlhood.⠀

The second storyline is about Shekiba, an ancestor of Rahima's whose series of family tragedies has made her an outcast. Shekiba was burned badly as a child and has horrible scars and paralysis on half of her face. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod After the loss of her immediate family, she is given away by her grandmother and uncles, separated from the land that meant so much to her and her father. ⠀

Both Rahima and Shekiba are, at times, victims of misogyny, but each also displays a strength that allows them to test the limits of that prejudice. Watching the girls over decades of their lives, in parallel stories, ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod reinforces both the problems that still exist in modern Afghanistan and the progress that the country has worked to make.

Do you like books with alternating storylines?
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Karkar I like it when they go from both character to character or back and forth in time. 2y
UnabridgedPod @Karkar I like both, as well! 2y
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Bookwormjillk I loved this book. Read it all in one day during a snow storm. 2y
OriginalCyn620 This sounds good! 2y
MelKelsey Loved this one!!! 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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So this has been on my kindle since 2104.... some day I'll read it! #NadiaHashimi @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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EadieB
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Day 17 - #NadiaHashimi #AugustAuthors

New author to me. I will have to check out her books.

EadieB @Bookwormjillk Thanks! I‘ll check it out! 2y
OriginalCyn620 She‘s new to me too! 2y
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Jas16
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Thank you so much Misty for the lovely gift! I opened it first thing this morning before heading into work early and it just gave me such a boost. I so appreciate your friendship.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I appreciate yours my friend! I think about you every day and pray that you are safe and healthy ❤️❤️❤️ Do you have essentials? Soap, tp, etc? 3y
Jas16 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have everything I need for the moment. Thank you for thinking of me. I am truly very lucky. Still going into work but now I spend less time in my office and more helping to put together the to-go meals we are handing out every day to the homeless and hungry which just reinforces how little I have to complain about. I know you are working hard and I am grateful to you for all you are doing. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 thank you for all you do!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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oreoiif

"May Allah give [my daughters] courage when they are told they are out of line. And may Allah protect them when they seek something better, and give them a chance to prove they deserve more."

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MelKelsey
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Set in Afganistan, this novel vacillates between the story of Rahima and her great great grandmother, Shekiba. Both women struggle with their families and with the roles of women in their culture. They dream of more, but find themselves unable to effect change in their own lives. The storylines are enthralling and emotionally taxing.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Leisure
#LetsTravelJuly

I need more bookshelves!!!!

🌹🌼🌻📚🤗

Crazeedi Beautiful flowers! And bookshelf! I never have enough shelves, lol😉 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Crazeedi thank you!!! 😘💗 3y
OriginalCyn620 Me too! 😬 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm Same here! 😅 Misty, I received your card today, thank you! Love the pretty doors on the card..I‘ll write back soon! And I hope you‘re getting out of your reading slump 🍀💜 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie! It‘s getting better 😘💗 3y
kspenmoll Me too! I have books in boxes🤪 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll it‘s getting out of control!!! 🤣🤣 3y
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This book will make you hopeful, sad, and angry at the same time!You realize that these women have been programmed to treat each other harshly as just another mechanism for their oppression.How can women change the system if they can‘t even help each other!? child brides, women‘s rights, political unrest, international interventions in their politics, tradition vs progress, a fundamentalist society, etc.ends with a ray of hope for Afghan women.

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A reminder that the violence against women portrayed in this book is very real; this murder was just this weekend. 😥

TrishB 😢😢 3y
Weaponxgirl 😢😢 journalists are living in scary times atm esp women 3y
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I finished this book sometime ago but have been struggling with how to write my review. I wasn‘t happy with the ending (I wanted to know more about what happened next I think?), but I also think it ended precisely where it should have. An incredibly well written book and an important story for everyone to read about how women in parts of the world are still treated. The audio was beautifully made. But, alas, the ending left me flat. 👇🏻

Texreader Maybe another reason it left me flat: I‘ve no doubt, but I‘m so saddened, about how women can hurt one another so badly. I‘ve had a few in my life and it‘s a devastating truth that rather than giving support in what are already trying times, some women can only make things worse for other women. This book emphasized this sad truth. 3y
CouronneDhiver I really love Hashimi‘s books ... so good! 3y
Texreader @CouronneDhiver Good to know. I‘ll definitely read more. Her writing was so good. 3y
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Audiocleaning marathon update: I‘m exhausted. Book is very good (if not so disturbing about how females are still treated in Afghanistan) and the narration excellent. Couldn‘t be doing all this work without it.

TheBookHippie I loved this book. 3y
Texreader @TheBookHippie I so hope it gets better for the women!! 3y
CouronneDhiver I love Nadia Hashimi‘s books soooo much. Hope you enjoy this one! 3y
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TheBookHippie @Texreader it‘s really sad. I tutor Pakistani refugee families and it‘s astounding the lack of rights for girls and women. 3y
Tamra I‘ve been reading to read this for so long! 3y
Texreader @TheBookHippie 😥💙💙💙 3y
Cathythoughts What a title ✨✨✨✨ 3y
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Audiocleaning at the lakehouse this weekend. I think this house has too many rooms!!

TheSpineView If you need more to do you can help me!?! 😋 3y
Texreader @TheSpineView Bwaahahhaaa 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Crazeedi That's some lake house! Do you need a caretaker to stay there??😘😉❤ 3y
Texreader @Crazeedi I sure feel that way when I‘m having to clean it! Ordinarily I break up the tasks between visits but I‘ve been lazy...I love coming here NOT to work. 3y
Crazeedi @Texreader I'm sure you'd rather relax than clean. Hope you get to kick back and enjoy! We are headed to our 2 wk vaca at a cabin by the lake may 15, I have to take everything, so I'm already packing! 3y
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Shamzi
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My manager caught me reading during the shift. He smiled and moved on. What shall I make of the smile!!??

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Guys, my August TBR list is dead haha. I keep getting distracted with other books! But this was worth it. This book was frustrating and uplifting and kept you so invested in the characters!

Shamzi This is a really good read!!! 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A book waiting for me on my shelf.
#AugustIsATrip #Afghanistan

vkois88 Beautiful cover 4y
Andrew65 @vkois88 I agree, love the colours. 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Waiting for me too ❤️ 4y
CouronneDhiver So good! 4y
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I got this yesterday and after seeing it on Litsy.

huntersmom1977 I hope you enjoy it! She‘s an amazing author 🤗 4y
Nu-Bibliophile Looove❤❤ So good! 4y
CouronneDhiver Great choice! 👍🏽 4y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Tbr
#DiverseSpines

I‘ve heard great things about this author!!

Weaponxgirl I think I have this on my kindle too 4y
Samplergal I‘m going to get into this soon. It looks so good. 4y
janeycanuck This is SUCH a good book. And she‘s running for Congress!! 4y
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Nu-Bibliophile Good story! 4y
ephemeralwaltz It's on my TBR! Look so good. 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ephemeralwaltz I have 3 of hers that I haven‘t read yet 🤦🏼‍♀️ 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @nu-bibliophile 👍🏻🙌🏻 4y
mrp27 I've been wanting to read this one! 4y
janeycanuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yup, as a Democrat in Maryland. She‘s the first Afghan-American woman to run! 4y
minkyb Excellent book! 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @minkyb yay!! Have you read her others? 4y
minkyb No(sigh) just this one. But I would read others! 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @minkyb I have them... ughhh I‘m so behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ 4y
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So good but so sad too. ?

"The human spirit, you know what they say about the human spirit? It is harder than a rock and more delicate than a flower petal."

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Nu-Bibliophile
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I'm excited on starting this. I was told it had similarities to the cartoon movie The Breadwinner.

MuddyPuddle The Breadwinner Is one of my favorite books. I‘ve read it aloud to many fifth grade classes. (edited) 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#YAWednesday #culturediversity
This novel weaves together the stories of 2 generations of Afghan young women, set apart by 100 years in a war-torn country, their plights almost identical and both share the same courage and optimism. 👇

erzascarletbookgasm It explores the tradition of ‘bacha posh‘, where girls are allowed to wear male clothes, adopt boys' names & enjoy privileges accorded to boys until they reach puberty. In a society where women's lives were so constricted under the Taliban that they couldn't even walk unescorted down the street, these girls enjoyed their freedom posing as boys. The protagonist enjoyed this freedom till she was forced to marry a warlord at age 13. (edited) 4y
TheFunkyBookworm @erzascarletbookgasm wow this sounds so interesting! I have never heard of that before- stacking and can‘t wait to read! Thank you! 💜 4y
CouronneDhiver This was a good one! 👍🏽 4y
minkyb A worthwhile read! 4y
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I am not making any specific suggestions for actual books as I seem to not be able to keep my goals. So 12 books 📚 is iffy enough to cover my goal. Does anyone ever read the books you select on the first of the month? #juneGoals

Lcsmcat I usually end up reading one or two from my list, but only because I “stack” the list with book club selections or buddy reads. 😀 4y
Samplergal @Lcsmcat I can usually get one or two and only one month have I read all but one. 🤣 4y
bookandbedandtea Only rarely do I read the books I plan; as soon as I "assign" myself a book I seem to lose interest in it. ? 4y
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Samplergal @bookandbedandtea 🤣. Maybe that‘s it. Homework was never loved. 4y
Tamra I am a mood reader, so definitely no plans unless it‘s a buddy read. 4y
C.Perone I‘m too much of a mood reader to even try lol 4y
DGRachel Very rarely do I stick to my initial list. I‘m usually happy if I get through half of the ones I say I want to read at the beginning of the month. The joys of being a mood reader. 😂 4y
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kidamy
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This was so good, I was shaking reading the last few chapters. I feel like I was late to the party on this one, but if you've not read it yet, I highly recommend it.

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kidamy
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There's a "potentially historic" amount of freezing rain in the forecast today, but I think I'm well equipped. ?

candority The way they‘re describing this storm is a tad bit ridiculous! But I‘m glad to see that you have the essentials 😊 4y
MelissaSue81 We are getting freezing rain too! Except I don‘t see any yet. 4y
kidamy @MelissaSue81 How about now? 4y
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kidamy @candority How is it where you are? 4y
MelissaSue81 We got some ice overnight.. seems to have turned back to rain by now . 4y
candority It‘s gross, but it‘s by no means ‘historic‘. It‘s more like hail than freezing rain. We lost power at some point in the night, but it‘s all back running this morning. 4y
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kidamy
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Year-end at my 9-5 "side hustle" has really been cutting into my career of drinking and reading.

I'm loving this book, btw.

janeycanuck Yay, glad you‘re enjoying it!! 5y
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Jeanne_S
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Hard to find hope in it.

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Robothugs
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#Overcome #TuneIntoNovember

Spotify Playlist: http://spoti.fi/2yQbbT6
Day 21: is not on Spotify: Jared & The Mill.
Remember that you do not need Spotify to see the playlist!

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I enjoyed this book but it was a little long. The story tells of different generations and how things change in some areas, but based on this culture, is basically the same throughout generations.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#tearjerker #awesomeautumnbooks

From my tbr shelf ❤️

Anyone read these?

CocoReads I've read The Pearl but not the others. Yet. 5y
CocoReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yes, I loved it even as I was sobbing over it. 5y
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Yeah_I_Read I loved all 3! When the Moon is Low was my favorite. Definitely some difficult topics but very relevant and important 😊😊 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CocoReads I've got so many to read!!! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Yeah_I_Read they all look really good! Sad, but good! I've got to get to them!! ❤️ 5y
Yeah_I_Read @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks "Moon" has stuck with me in particular bc it really put a face and story behind the Syrian/Afghani refugee crisis for me. I liked "House" bc it shows how far a woman will go in order to protect her children. 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That's how I felt about 💔 5y
minkyb "Pearl" is quite good. (edited) 5y
Tamra Pearl has been in my stacks awhile - heard it's quite good. 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @minkyb yay!! I'm going to try to move it up!! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tamra mine too!!! 😩😩 5y
Christy2318 The Pearl that Broke Its Shell is excellent!! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Christy2318 great!! Thank you!! 5y
CouronneDhiver Me! That top one is great. I just mailed a copy to @candority a little while ago 5y
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💝📚📚😍📚📚💙😍❣ #ForTheLoveOfBooks #BookwormProblems #BookStacks #BookishThings #BookCoverLove

I'm getting new tires here at Costco, and they told me it'd take about 2 hrs.

So obviously, the first thing I did (after scoring some free food samples😋), was find and swoon over the book selection....💓.

At $9.99 a pop, I might have to allow myself a #LitsyPartyOfOne treat & get Hashimi's #Historical novel (it has a4.12 🌟GR rating)!🤗

dariazeoli I got new tires today, too! Now I feel grateful that the wholesale place takes 1/2 an hour. I could do some damage with a couple hours at Costco 😁 5y
MarticaMustRead 😆 @dariazeoli I'm sure u could! I was very good & stuck to just 1 book since I literally just did an unhaul last weekend, lol. 5y
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HeatherBookNerd
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Read 3 novels and 3 plays in August. These were all very good. Now on to my September pile! Happy reading everyone 📚❤️

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CocoReads
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1. A friend and I at a concert 2. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell-Nadia Hashimi 3. Mostly sunny, mid 70s 4. Hidden Prey by John Sandford 5. Family cookout at my sisters #humpdaypost

Yeah_I_Read I love Nadia Hashimi! Her work is incredible 5y
CocoReads It's the only one I've read (back in January) but it's stayed with me. One of these days I'll read her others! 5y
LauraBeth I have never heard of this book! I just put a hold on it at the library after reading this 😀 5y
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CocoReads I hope you love it! 5y
SilversReviews I have this book but haven't read it yet. 5y
CocoReads It's fantastic. Not happy, exactly, but well written and thought provoking. 5y
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One of my reading goals this year was to read more diverse authors/main characters. And this has been a good one to learn more about Afghanistan. The writing is not as gorgeous as in Khaled Hosseini's books, all of which I loved, but the story is truly compelling and I am pretty engrossed with this audiobook so far.

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Fascinating story about two generations of women from the same family who flout the traditionally accepted female roles in Afghanistan. Lots of hard things in this story, but lots of strength as well. Recommended for fans of "The Kite Runner", and other such narratives.

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haanim
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Heartbreaking. Raw. Infuriating. Hopeful. An amazing read.

BellaBookNook I've seen this one and wondered if it's good. Glad to hear. I will definitely check it out! 5y
minkyb Totally agree! 5y
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josie281
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Trying to finish this by tomorrow so I'm audiobooking at work and will physically read later. This book. Beautifully written and engaging.

CocoReads We read it for bookgroup earlier this year. Hands down it was a unanimous favorite! 5y
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