The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

Find in catalogBeautifully written and compelling story about a young girl under Taliban rule in Afghanistan who lives as a bacha posh – dressed and named as a boy in a family of girls – following her into adulthood as a woman with no rights, subject to arranged marriage at 13, abuse and denial of education or independence. Paralleling her story is the story of her ancestor subject to many of the same abuses and her long struggle to triumph over it all.  In the end our heroine also triumphs, at great cost. A view into an oppressive culture that ultimately fails in its attempt to dehumanize women who defy the odds to remain strong of mind and heart. Highly recommended.


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