A House Without Windows: A Novel

Paperback | August 16, 2016

byNadia Hashimi

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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.

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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...

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A vivid, spellbinding story of murder, survival, sisterhood, and a mother’s love that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture from the author of the bestseller The Pearl That Broke Its Shell.For most of her life Zeba has lived quietly in an Afghan village, a loyal wife and loving mother. But on one horrific day, her fa...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 inPublished:August 16, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062477846

ISBN - 13:9780062477842

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay Not bad writing but it just wasn't for me. I found it very hard to get into and idn't end up finsihing it.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellant excellant read
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a Read A little predictable but more or less what I expected.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Really good book! It was very hard to put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking After reading this book, I will definitely be seeking out Hashimi's previous work. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sister recommended On of my sisters has this and loved it. Will borrow from her. We have a big family so I will have to wait my turn.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from liked it good read
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book loved reading this!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg love this :) so much fun
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down! You would think that the story is yet another one of those tragic/sad ones out there...NOT! "Who she is Brave is Free"!
Date published: 2016-09-12