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The Author’s Corner on Public Radio

Aired May 2014. Listen to Nadia Hashimi as she reads an excerpt from The Pearl That Broke Its Shell on The Author's Corner.

Close Call

A narrow miss for Afghan victims of domestic violence.  Last month, Afghan President Hamid Karzai took an important step in the right direction.  He decided to veto proposed legislation that would have prohibited relatives of those accused of domestic violence from testifying against their family members. This dangerous provision, which passed through the parliament, would have…
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Readers’ Guide – The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

The following questions were created for book clubs and discussion groups.  To invite Nadia Hashimi to virtually appear at your book club gathering, please visit the Contact page. Rahima says that Khala Shaima’s story about Bibi Shekiba transformed her, and indeed, this is a novel about transformation. In what ways, besides dressing as males, do…
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Child Brides

Jarring wedding photos like the ones seen here have been posted and reposted because they are so very shocking to the unexpecting eye.  If you’re like me, you secretly cross your fingers and hope this is actually the misinterpreted picture of a grandfather sitting next to his granddaughter at a family gathering instead of a…
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What is a Bacha Posh?

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is the story of Rahima, a young girl born into contemporary Afghanistan.  She’s transformed into a bacha posh, which in Dari translates to “dressed as a boy.”  Bacha posh is a custom that goes back at least a hundred years in Afghanistan and Pakistan, though little is known about…
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