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Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed. Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter. When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear. Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.
This was a book I was putting off buying despite there being rave reviews all over the internet. I read The Kite Runner as an a-level text and it put me off (I hated reading for school). When this was selected as a Book Club pick it prompted me to pick it up, and I'm glad I did despite not overly enjoying it.
We had our meeting at the beginning of the month and we all agreed it was a strange book to enjoy because of the sheer amount of devastation and loss that's documented - this is a heartbreaking read. I did particularly enjoy the historical aspects of Afghanistan as it's not a country I know too much about.
Interestingly, I found myself gripped by the book yet not fully invested, however, I think that's down to personal preference as it was a beautifully written book with full well rounded characters. It's incredible pacy, so much happens in the book's 430 pages that a lot of authors would turn into a 600-page epic (I'm glad that's not the case here!)
Overall, I'm glad I read it `and would recommend it to a friend but it's definitely not going to be for everyone.
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No breakfast this time, just a gorgeous caramel glazed ring doughnut.
[originally posted May 31, 2022]