The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

“A tender and beautiful family story. Her always engaging multigenerational tale is a portrait of Afghanistan in all of its perplexing, enigmatic glory, and a mirror into the still ongoing struggles of Afghan women.”

A luminous tale of two women, destiny, and identity in Afghanistan. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima becomes a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy. She gains freedoms that were previously unimaginable… freedom that transforms her forever. A century earlier, her orphaned ancestor Shekiba saved herself and built a new life in the same way—the change took her from a rural village to the opulence of a king’s palace in bustling Kabul. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams… Continue »

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Nadia Hashimi
Nadia Hashimi is an author and pediatrician of Afghan descent. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is her first novel… Continue »

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“A fascinating look at the unspoken lives of Afghani women, separated by generations and miles, yet achingly similar. This is the story to transport you and make you think.”

– Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter

A lyrical, heartbreaking account of silenced lives.”

– Kirkus Reviews

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell…is one that will stay with me. I read long into the night to finish it…”

– Bookreporter.com

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