We chose this book for a book club with readers of varying ethnicities and religions. We loved reading and discussing this book due to the many themes and experiences within. We found the book deeply disturbing but was drawn to reading it as fast as we could. I myself cannot fathom experiencing many of the beatings or feelings of degradation as an Afghan women. I cannot understand how they lived and I truly value my life because of it. The book sheds light on the history of Afghanistan and for those who don't know much about the country or history may learn something from the story.
Long before Mariam was capable of even understanding the concept, she knew she was a "harami" - illegitimate and unwanted. Her impoverished, embittered mother, rejected by the wealthy Afghani business man who had fathered Mariam, spirals downward from disgust and hatred through mental illness to an eventual suicide. She spits the cruel, pejorative label into Mariam's face at every opportunity. Her sole remaining purpose in life is to have Mariam join her in the crushing belief that there … more
Even better than The Kite Runner!! There exists in this book, a powerful importance behind each and every detail that realistically describes a nation of oppressed women. The traditions of the country in reference to women are described intensely through the life on one powerful person, in particular. An important read for all people!!
His first book, Kite Runner, told such a horrific story that I was afraid to read his second book but I'm so glad I finally did. Also a story of hard lives, but with so much grace stemming from the relationship between the two lead women. Memorable, authentic, satisfying. Highly recommended.