The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Large Print - 2016
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Set in Afghanistan, this emotionally engaging first novel uses alternating chapters to weave together the story of nine-year-old Rahima and her sisters with that of their great-great-grandmother Shekiba. Both Rahima and Shekiba share the experience of participating in bacha posh, in which young girls are dressed as and treated as boys until puberty. And like Shekiba, Rahima and her two older sisters endure the difficult and often horrific experience of being married off as young girls as second, third, or fourth wives to much older men. Although decades separate the distinctive stories of these women as they move from girlhood to adulthood, the hardships suffered by women in the Afghan culture remain the chilling tie that binds them. -VERDICT Hashimi succeeds in crafting a novel that incorporates gripping stories of survival with passionate tales of motherhood and inner strength throughout. Filled with tragedy and triumph, this work is sure to be appreciated by readers who enjoy similarly told stories with strong protagonists by authors such as Lisa See and the Afghanistan-born Khaled -Hosseini.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Description: 667 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410493934
Branch Call Number: LP Hash


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Sep 24, 2020

No Khaled Hossieni but still gripping. World needs to read the books on the such countries & know what goes behind closed doors. Truly heart wrenching.

Feb 19, 2020

Ok. Worth the read but didn’t blow my mind. It’s no “kite runner”.

Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / October 2015

Aug 25, 2019

This is the 2nd book I've read by this author. Beautifully written.Vast information about women in Afghanistan and their struggle against culture and tradition. Sometimes they win and other times they don't. As Americans this book should make all of us thankful for the freedoms we enjoy. We also need to appreciate the strength of these women fighting for rights throughout the world.

mlgraham65 Aug 02, 2017

This was a very good read, at times hard to read through, just because of what the women go through at the hands of some men in their lives. But the ending of Hashimi books always end positively maybe a little bittersweet but positive. Hard to imagine what the women in a totally different culture go through and how they are treated.

Jun 27, 2017

Though its story was sad, even devastating at points, it felt authentic and let us in to a world we don't often get to enter. I recommend this book!

Mar 13, 2017

This is a must-read book; women will naturally relate to the female issues but the revelations of culture and history are well done and the author is a gifted storyteller.

Feb 19, 2017

its not islam it is about people who use islam but dont know the consequence in here and after life.

Feb 03, 2017

If you want to know what Islam's about - read this book!
(You close your eyes, grit your teeth and become a war lords "wife" - at 13 mind you!
Sold by an opium addicted father who beats his wife and sells his daughters for drugs.)

ehbooklover Nov 16, 2016

4.5 stars. A beautifully written story that is both moving and disturbing with an ending that gave me chills. Two extremely strong female protagonists that I cared about, plus a complex and realistic supporting cast of characters, made for a read that kept me emotionally invested in the outcome the entire time. If you are a fan of Khaled Hosseini's books then I would highly recommend that you pick this one up.
UPDATE: Reread for November's bookclub meeting at the library. Loved it just as much as the first time.

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zahra88 Nov 11, 2015

I was a bacha posh then I wasn't.
I was a daughter then I wasn't.
I was a mother then I wasn't...

Oct 05, 2015

God said If you start moving then I may start blessing.

Oct 05, 2015

Khala Shaima had so often said, "everybody needs an escape"

Sep 01, 2014

There is some kiss we want with our whole lives,
The touch of Spirit on the body.
seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild
At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come
And press its face against mine. Breathe into me.

p. 325
Benafsha (part of a harem, had an affair, was stoned to death. Did not reveal her lover)

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