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Shooting Kabulby N. H. Senzai
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In the summer of 2001, twelve year old Fadiand#8217;s parents make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move the family to the United States. When their underground transport arrives at the rendezvous point, chaos ensues, and Fadi is left dragging his younger sister Mariam through the crush of people. But Mariam accidentally lets go of his hand and becomes lost in the crowd, just as Fadi is snatched up into the truck. With Taliban soldiers closing in, the truck speeds away, leaving Mariam behind. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Adjusting to life in the United States isnand#8217;t easy for Fadiand#8217;s family and as the events of September 11th unfold the prospects of locating Mariam in a war torn Afghanistan seem slim. When a photography competition with a grand prize trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sister. But can one photo really bring Mariam home? andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Based in part on the Ms. Senzaiand#8217;s husbandand#8217;s own experience fleeing his home in Soviet controlled Afghanistan in the 1970s, Shooting Kabul is a powerful story of hope, love, and perseverance.
"This hard-hitting, emotionally nuanced first novel views the experiences of a family of Afghan refugees through the lens of 11-year-old Fadi. Fadi's U.S. educated parents repatriated to Afghanistan, only to have the Taliban impose order, ending his mother's career, necessitating homeschooling for the children, and creating a dangerous, oppressive environment. When his mother's health finally forces the family to leave, Senzai portrays the high cost of escape as not just economic (,000, 'the family's entire savings') but human, through the shattering loss of Fadi's six-year-old sister, who hesitates to grab a precious Barbie and is left behind. 'Fadi looked from the edge of truck's railing in disbelief. His six-year-old sister had been lost because of him.' Senzai skillfully focuses Fadi's guilt against the backdrop of this grief and his adjustments to life in Fremont, California's Little Kabul (during 9/11); as Fadi discovers a photography club and contest that might earn him tickets to India, he fantasizes about rescuing his sister. Though cultural, religious, and political pressures persist, the satisfying surprise ending offers the family hope and redemption. Ages 8 — 12. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Fadi never imagined hed start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles from home in Kabul—and half a world away from his missing six-year-old sister, Mariam.
Adjusting to life in the United States isnt easy for Fadis family, and as the events of September 11 unfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in war-torn Afghanistan seem slim. When a photography competition with a grand prize of a trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sister. But can one photo really bring Mariam home?
Based in part on Ms. Senzais husbands own experience fleeing Soviet-controlled Afghanistan in 1979, Shooting Kabul is a powerful story of hope, love, and perseverance.
About the Author
N.H. Senzai is an author and intellectual property consultant. She lives with her husband and son in in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first novel, andlt;iandgt;Shooting Kabulandlt;/iandgt;, is based in part on the Ms. Senzaiand#8217;s husbandand#8217;s experience fleeing Soviet controlled Afghanistan in the 1970s. Visit her online at NHSenzai.com.
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