The Secret Sky: A Novel Of Forbidden Love In Afghanistan

secret skyThis modern Romeo and Juliet story of sorts, set in Afghanistan, is narrated by three of the main characters. Samiullah, a Pashtun boy, and Fatima, a Hazara girl, are two innocent teenagers who fall in love. Their ethnic groups differ and do not get along because of their historical backgrounds. Their desire to get married disgraces their families and sets a series of horrific events in motion. The third narrator is Samiullah’s cousin Rashid, the villain, who has fallen under the influence of the Taliban. He has seen Samiullah and Fatima together, assumes the worst, and turns them in to the local Taliban. Disturbing depictions of physical, emotional, and sexual violence against men, women, and children; amazing acts of kindness, bravery, and sacrifice; vivid imagery; complex characters; and a suspenseful ending make the book unputdownable. Though fictional, this powerful and hopeful love story paints a realistic picture of the conflicts and culture clashes in Afghanistan today. The author was a foreign news correspondent in Kabul for nearly five years. mjw
Title: The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love In Afghanistan
Author: Atia Abawi
: Philomel Books, Penguin Young Readers Group
: 2014
Original Language
: English
: 978-0-399-16078-3
Hardcover pages
: 320
Age range
: 14 up
: Fiction
Book setting
: Afghanistan
Author’s ethnicity
: Afghani
Author’s residence
: Jerusalem
: 2015 South Asia Book Award – Highly Commended, 2015 Amelia Bloomer List
: Conflict, Culture, Ethnic relations, Family relations, Hazaras, Love, Marriage, Pushtuns, Social justice, Talibans

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