When the Moon Is Low: A Novel

June 30, 2015|
When the Moon Is Low: A Novel by Nadia Hashimi
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The unforgettable story of an Afghan family''s escape from the Taliban and perilous trek across Europe to seek asylum, led by one extraordinarily courageous woman. This is the second novel by Nadia Hashimi, the author of last year''s breakout, THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL.

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.

Nadia Hashimi''s parents left Afghanistan in the 1970s, before the Soviet invasion. She was raised in the United States, and in 2002 she visited Afghanistan for the first time with her parents. Hashimi is a pediatrician and lives with her family in suburban Washington, D.C.
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Title:When the Moon Is Low: A Novel
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:400 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:400 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Published:June 30, 2015
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780062411198

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