A House Without Windows: A Novel by Nadia HashimiA House Without Windows: A Novel by Nadia Hashimi

A House Without Windows: A Novel

byNadia Hashimi

Paperback | May 16, 2017

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A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture—from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low.

For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice.

Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed. As Zeba awaits trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells: thirty-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, who ran away from home with her teenage sister but now stays in the prison because it is safe shelter; and nineteen-year-old Mezhgan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for her lover’s family to ask for her hand in marriage. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, as they have been, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood.

Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba’s Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines.

A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.

Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi was born and raised in New York and New Jersey. She graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Biology. She enrolled in medical school in Brooklyn and completed her pediatric training at NYU/Bellevue hospitals in New York City. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is her debut ...
Title:A House Without Windows: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:May 16, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780062449658

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read This novel was compelling. It was both a storyline that you can't put down, and enlightening on the justice system Afghanistan. Would recommend for sure.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this novel! Nadia Hashimi is such a good writer that you are part of the story from the very first pages! This is the story of Zeba who is thrown in jail as it is believed that she murdered her husband. It is the story of life in a woman's prison and how sometimes life can be safer within a prison than without. There is also a comaraderie among the woman that is unique to cultures where a woman's rights are nonexistant.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Nadia Hashimi does not disappoint. Really enjoyed reading this.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story; would recommend! Bought this book for my mother and we both read and thoroughly enjoyed it! A great story and fascinating read focusing on women. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This author draws you in with the story and characters set against the current social and political climate in Afghanistan. While the themes discussed in the book are difficult it is well written and the reader is left thinking about the story/characters long after the book is finished.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Such a great story about strong women and preserving through dark times!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful An inspiring story that provides us with a glimpse into the Middle East. The descriptions are beautiful, the women are strong and the storyline is full of twists. It's a great novel that is sure to intrigue all who read it.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very moving story This story was full of twists and turns and kept you guessing right to the very end. I loved it and would recommend it especially if you want to learn about the lives of Afghan women.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Amazing story about strong Afghan women dealing with unfair circumstances, and overcoming. Very inspiring!
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow, just wow! this story gives an AMAZING window into what its like to be in the justice system as a woman in countries like afghanistan where patriarchy runs what dictates justice. it was raw, emotional and eloquently/beautifully written. it really made me feel for the children of zeba, to be without both mother and father due to a heinous crime that happened to their family. LOVE THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2017-08-04