Afghan American Nadia Hashimi’s literary debut is a
searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate
that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of
Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.
In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers,
Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and can rarely leave
the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh,
which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of
marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and
chaperon her older sisters.
But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this
unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-aunt Shekiba, left orphaned by an
epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.
Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share
similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of age?
Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a
bride, how will she survive? Download and start listening now!