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?