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“A must-read saga about borders, barriers, and the resolve of one courageous mother fighting to cross over.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

 "A heartfelt story of courage amidst a world short on compassion." (Toronto Star)

From the author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell comes an unforgettable story of terror, survival, perseverance, and hope that chronicles one extraordinarily brave Afghan woman's odyssey to save her family and find asylum in the West -- a tale of a daring escape, a perilous trek across Europe, and the courage and tenacity of one defiant woman... Continue »

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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."

-- Khaled Hosseini, New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner

"There’s nothing better than a novel that sweeps you away to a richly drawn new world, offering that rare miss-your-subway-stop immersion...Nadia Hashimi’s wonderful debut novel...provided just that kind of engrossing reading experience."

--Washington Post

International Bestseller and Goodreads Best Book of 2014 Finalist: Fiction and Debut Author.

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... Read More

The Author

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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“Expertly depicting the anxiety and excitement that accompanies a new life, Hashimi’s gripping page-turner is perfect for book clubs.”

-- Library Journal (starred review for WHEN THE MOON IS LOW

"A beautifully rendered novel with fully wrought characters and the dramatic backdrop of a world gone insane. It’s a tale for our times and a much more emotional way to look at the state of the world than any bland newspaper reporting could present."

-- Bookreporter review for WHEN THE MOON IS LOW

"With grace and sensitivity, Hashimi illuminates the harrowing odysseys and numerous dangers refugees contend with in their quest for a safe haven."

--Booklist review for WHEN THE MOON IS LOW

"The struggles experienced by the dispossessed come to life in this universalizing picture of human resilience...Nadia Hashimi has gifted the reader with an unforgettable lesson in human hardships and the will to survive with dignity."

-- Dr. Olga Davidson, Boston University on WHEN THE MOON IS LOW

"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 on PEARL

A lyrical, heartbreaking account of silenced lives."

-- Kirkus Reviews for PEARL

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

-- Bookreporter.com