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This unforgettable story from the author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is an emotional journey of sisterhood, friendship, love, and hope that highlights the plight of women that are bound by a traditional culture.
Awaiting trial for the murder of her husband, Zeba meets a group of women in prison that are confined and defined by the immoral crimes they have committed; Nafisa is an eighteen-year-old who was imprisoned to protect her from an honour killing, Latifa is a twenty-five year-old that chooses to be imprisoned because it is safer for her to be incarcerated than her actual life, and Mezghan a twenty-year-old who is pregnant, unmarried and waiting on a court order. When Zeba arrives at the womens' prison, she is in a state of shock and a shattered version of her former self. She is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of the murder and cannot bring herself to speak of the events to defend herself. Her case is assigned to Yusef, an Afghan-born American lawyer who has returned to his birthplace out of commitment to human rights. This is his first case, and it proves to be more than what he originally thought.
This astonishing, and sometimes disturbing novel is a glimpse into what the modern women of Afghanistan face.