A rebellious woman’s memoir about her life under the Taliban is moving and gripping

If 2020 was a year of unremitting bad news, a faint light may have been missed by many in mid-September – the start of historic Afghan peace talks aimed at ending a decades-long war. It sparked a stream of statements and Zoom sessions, starring impressive native women and their allies, with clarion calls to protect women’s rights if the Taliban return to power.

A reminder, if one were needed, of their herculean task comes in a page-turning account of the lives of Afghan women from cradle to grave – whether or not the Taliban are in charge, they live in a deeply conservative society.

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