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Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistanby Zarghuna Kargar
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A powerful collection of testimonies that depict the struggles and hopes of Afghan women. An often emotional and at times painful read, this book is ultimately a poignant celebration of human resilience under unimaginable duress. --KHALED HOSSEINI, New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner
I am deeply touched by these stories...Dear Zari should be read by anyone who cares and wants to know about Asia and Asian women. --XINRAN
All the stories in Dear Zari illustrate the suffering caused by deeply ingrained Afghan traditions. But the women's} bravery and resilience shines through and Kargar touchingly reveals how hearing others' life stories finally gave her the courage to share her own. --The Independent
Moving, enlightening, and heartbreaking, Dear Zari gives voice to the secret lives of Afghan women. For the first time, Dear Zari allows these women to tell their stories in their own words: from the child bride given as payment to end of a family feud, to a life spent in a dark, dusty room weaving carpets, from a young girl being brought up as a boy, to a woman living as a widow shunned by society.
Intimate, emotional, painful and uplifting, these stories uncover the suffering and strength of women in this deeply religious and intensely traditional society, and show how their courage is an inspiration to women everywhere.
"Kargar, born in Afghanistan, fled the country with her family as a child during the chaos of the mujahedeen uprising against the Soviets in the 1980s. She gathered the astounding and deeply troubling stories for this book when she produced the BBC radio show, Afghan Woman's Hour, which was broadcast throughout Afghanistan. Readers meet Nareen, who wants to marry her childhood sweetheart, and who is instead forced, at age 14, to marry a 40-year old drug addict who beats and rapes her; and Wazma, whose husband refuses to let her come home or see her child (and later marries another woman) after she loses her leg in a rocket attack in Kabul. Kargar includes the story of her own arranged marriage and how a woman divorcing her husband, even in London, can be ostracized. Though the courage of these women has inspired and educated listeners throughout Afghanistan, and the show itself has led to some progress, local traditions that deny women's rights are pervasive, and happier stories like Mahgul's, a widow who gained independence by starting a kite-making business, are rare. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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