REVIEW: My Pen is the Wing of a Bird

This powerful collection of stories by Afghani women gives us a glimpse of life in the country that has been in the midst of turmoil for decades. The stories we get are of women fighting to be seen, heard, trusted and valued. Some of the stories are small scenes of violence, longer passages of what it’s like to live in a war zone and some stories that are just like any girl in any country. A few of the stories are based on real events but many just allude to the day today fears and joys of Afghani women. The stories resonate in some ways and shake you in others but most of all bring out empathy and compassion for these women. 

My favorites were Ajah, about a smart woman trying to save her town and prove that women are as capable as men; My Pillow’s Journey of Eleven Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Six Kilometers about immigrating and understanding what it means to be home; and The Red Boots about a little girl and her dreams. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

Thanks to Grand Central Pub via Netgalley for advanced access to this collection. All opinions above are my own. This one publishes this month so get it preordered!

Short story collections, love’m or leave’m?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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