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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

By Nadia Hashimi

Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel 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 chaperone her older sisters.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the 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 marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

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2014

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Format: Book
Author: Hashimi, Nadia
Summary: In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and 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.
Title: The pearl that broke its shell / Nadia Hashimi.
Publisher Date: New York : William Morrow, [2014]
Subject: Sisters -- Fiction. Impersonation -- Fiction. Women -- Afghanistan -- Fiction. Kabul (Afghanistan) -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780062244758 (hardcover) 0062244752 (hardcover) 9780062244765 (trade pbk.) 0062244760 (trade pbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: F Hashimi
Oclc: 853664407
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Bib Id: 518722

Format: Book
Author: Hashimi, Nadia.
Summary: In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and 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.
Title: The pearl that broke its shell / Nadia Hashimi.
Edition: First Edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : William Morrow, [2014]
Description: 452 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Sisters -- Fiction.
Subjects: Impersonation -- Fiction.
Subjects: Women -- Afghanistan -- Fiction.
Subjects: Kabul (Afghanistan) -- Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Notes: "A novel"--Cover.
LCCN: 2013025523
ISBN: 9780062244758 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0062244752 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062244765 (trade pbk.)
ISBN: 0062244760 (trade pbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: F Hashimi