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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.

Mahmood’s passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she’s ever known. But their happy middle-class world—a life of education, work, and comfort—implodes when their country is engulfed in war and the Taliban rise to power.

Mahmood, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister’s family in England. With forged papers and help from kind strangers they meet along the way, Fereiba and her children make a dangerous crossing into Iran under cover of darkness. Exhausted and brokenhearted but undefeated, Fereiba manages to smuggle them as far as Greece. But in a busy market square, their fate takes a frightening turn when her teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the rest of the family. Faced with an impossible choice, Fereiba pushes on with her daughter and baby, while Saleem falls into the shadowy underground network of undocumented Afghans who haunt the streets of Europe’s capitals. Fereiba and Saleem struggle to reunite, and ultimately find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A must-read saga about borders, barriers, and the resolve of one courageous mother fighting to cross over.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “An emotional narrative with the stylistic effervescence of a fairy tale…A dynamic and epic tale about a resilient woman, her family, survival, and moving forward in a world that is constantly pushing back.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “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)

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


  • An Audible Editors Top Pick of the Week
  • A 2015 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Fiction Book Award nominee
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