This is the second book by Nadia Hashimi that I have read. have you read the review on “House Without Windows”?
It is a fascinating story giving an insight into life lived in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation and then the Taliban. After the death of her mother,
After the death of her mother, Fereiba is raised as a step-daughter in a harsh family. Her arranged marriage to Mahmoud, however, turns into a love affair that produces three children, the baby having been born after Mahmoud’s death. Theirs is a free-thinking marriage where much is discussed including leaving for Europe to escape the harsh world of the Taliban, but the final decision is always Mahmoud’s. Later she comes to regret the decision not to leave for London while it was still possible.
Fereiba and the children are left alone in the world after Mahmoud’s death and she has to find a way to live in the world without her husband but with three children. She determines that they will go to London. We move with the family to several safe houses before they land in Turkey. While in Turkey they manage to save enough money, with Saleem, the son, working on a tomato farm and Fereiba cleaning hotel rooms, to arrive in Greece where the Afghanis are not welcome. Working and saving money Fereiba worries that the food her son provides is gained by doubtful means. And then eventually, with enough money to go to Italy, Saleem is arrested and returned to Turkey, two days before they are due to leave. With a very sick baby, Fereiba is forced to leave without her son.
Finally, they do arrive in London where they find a place to settle. Much later mother and son are reunited and we follow Saleem’s travels during the time they are separated.
This is a heart-warming book, difficult to read in places but one I would highly recommend to everyone.