Nadia Hashimi - Author Talk

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Nadia Hashimi - Author Talk

'The Pearl That Broke Its Shell'

Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, is described as a searing tale of powerlessness, fate and the freedom to control one's own destiny.  Critics say the book combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri and Lisa See.

In 2007 Kabul, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school without a male escort. 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.  Thus disguised, she attends school, goes to the market and chaperones her older sisters.  But this new found freedom is soon tested…

Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi, a pediatrician in suburban Washington D.C., was born and raised in the United States.  She visited Afghanistan for the first time with her parents in 2002. Her second book, When the Moon is Low, has just been published.   

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