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Dear Zari

ISBN: 9781402268373

By: Zarghuna Kargar

Published: 06/01/2012

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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 "1 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.

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Table of Contents

Front Cover

Title Page

Copyright

Introduction

1. My Story

2. Sharifa's Story: The Family of Girls

3. Nasreen's Story: The Boy Next Door

4. Shereenjan's Story: A Daughter's Sacrifice

5. Samira's Story: The Carpet Weaver

6. Ilaha's Story: The Wedding Night

7. Anesa's Story: A Marriage of Convenience

8. Wazma's Story: The Injured Wife

9. Janpary's Story: A Mother's Story

10. Layla's Story: The War Widow

11. Mahgul's Story: A Family of Kite-Makers

12. Bakhtawara's Story: The Boy-Girl

13. Ghutama's Story: A Love Story

Epilogue

Glossary

Acknowledgements

About the Author

Back Cover

Excerpt

Introduction

It’s important for women to know their rights in a country like Afghanistan,” one female listener of Afghan Woman’s Hour wrote to us.

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Reviews



“Heartrending collection of women's life stories culled from the BBC radio show “Afghan Woman's Hour”...An emotional and enlightening reading experience.” - Kirkus...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 14.48 oz
Page Count: 272 pages

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