When the Moon Is Low: A Novel

Paperback | April 26, 2016

byNadia Hashimi

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Mahmoud's passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she's ever known. But their happy, middle-class world—a life of education, work, and comfort—implodes when their country is engulfed in war, and the Taliban rises to power.

Mahmoud, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister's family in England. With forged papers and help from kind strangers they meet along the way, Fereiba make a dangerous crossing into Iran under cover of darkness. Exhausted and brokenhearted but undefeated, Fereiba manages to smuggle them as far as Greece. But in a busy market square, their fate takes a frightening turn when her teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the rest of the family.

Faced with an impossible choice, Fereiba pushes on with her daughter and baby, while Saleem falls into the shadowy underground network of undocumented Afghans who haunt the streets of Europe's capitals. Across the continent Fereiba and Saleem struggle to reunite, and ultimately find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives.

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Mahmoud's passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she's ever known. But their happy, middle-class world—a life of education, work, and comfort—implodes when their country is engulfed in war, and the Taliban rises to power.Mahmoud, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is...

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“Expertly depicting the anxiety and excitement that accompanies a new life, Hashimi’s gripping page-turner is perfect for book clubs.”—Library Journal (starred review)Mahmoud’s passion for his wife, Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she’s ever known. But their happy, middle-class world implodes when their country is en...

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:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006236961X

ISBN - 13:9780062369611

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I bought this book and read it from start to finish in just a few days. This author is amazing in her storytelling - I felt pulled in as I read about this family's incredible journey from one end of the world to the other. Would have liked to know the outcome though - do Mother and son finally unite......
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardship and Hope I was holding my breath with every step of Ferebia and Saleem's journey! One of the best books I've read all year!
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Terrible ending I really enjoyed the book and characters, and my heart ached often during journey, but it was a terrible ending. It ends abruptly and feels unfinished. It's a shame.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Held my attention all the way through! Easy to read and not too flowery. This books helps you to understand the problems that many immigrant families have in fleeing their country and trying to find a life with promise. This book tells about one family's experience - amazing what they had to endure.
Date published: 2015-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read In this time of mass immigration from the Middle East this book provides much needed insight into the appalling toll on humanity and need for improved human rights.
Date published: 2015-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I loved this book. Did not realize what a refugee goes thru to be a free person. I would recommend this book
Date published: 2015-08-03

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“A must-read saga about borders, barriers, and the resolve of one courageous mother fighting to cross over.”