This year for Christmas my daughter-in-law and son gave me a copy of THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL by Nadia Hashimi. My daughter-in-law had read the novel in her reading group and fell in love with it.
Set in Afghanistan, THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL portrays the difficult life of women and girls under the rule of the Taliban. From the back cover: “Kabul, 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.” Told alternately from the point-of-view of Rahima and her great-great grandmother, the author gives us a rare look into life one hundred years ago and life today in Afghanistan.
Many times in this novel, we are swept up into the nearly impossible dreams of the main characters, especially when they were children. To have your name included in our Wednesday, April 12 drawing, tell us something you hoped you could grow up to become when you were a child.
(I wanted to be a cowgirl!)