Every Fall Since 1993

Nadia Hashimi

Nadia Hashimi is the Afghan-American author of the bestselling debut novel The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, a searing tale of powerlessness, fate and choosing freedom to control one’s own future. Set in 2007 Kabul, a young woman’s sole hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh—living as a boy until she is of marriageable age so she can go to school, shop the market and chaperone her sisters. Bestselling Afghan author Khaled Hosseini says, “Nadia Hashimi has written, first and foremost, a tender and beautiful family story. Her always engaging multigenerational tale is a portrait of Afghanistan in all of its perplexing, enigmatic glory, and a mirror into the still ongoing struggles of Afghan women.” Hashimi’s new novel, A House Without Windows, is the story of an unlikely sisterhood set in an Afghan women’s prison, and a moving look at the lives of modern women in Afghanistan. O, the Oprah Magazine hailed Hashimi’s second novel, When the Moon is Low, “a must-read saga about borders, barriers, and the resolve of one courageous mother fighting to cross over.”

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