Afghan-American author and pediatrician Dr. Nadia Hashimi will visit the Gold Coast Public Library on Thursday, August 10th at 7pm. Dr. Hashimi is the author of three adult books, the international bestseller The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, When the Moon is Low and A House Without Windows.
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell tells the story of Rahima and her sisters, who live in Kabul with a drug-addicted father and no brothers. They can only attend school sporadically and rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.
Review journal Kirkus called The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, “a lyrical, heartbreaking account of silenced lives.” Booklist called it an “epic, spellbinding debut.”
When the Moon Is Low tells the story of former schoolteacher Fereiba, who embarks on a high-risk effort to escape to England with her three children when her happy middle-class life in Afghanistan is shattered by the rise of the Taliban and her husband's murder by fundamentalists.
A House without Windows tells the story of Zeba, who is accused by her in-laws and imprisoned for the brutal death of her husband. While imprisoned, she forges bonds with a group of women who have also been locked up for social violations and places her fate in the hands of an Afghan-born civil rights lawyer.
Friends of the Gold Coast Library will sell copies of The Pearl that Broke Its Shell and A House Without Windows and the author will sign them after she speaks.
Registration is required and can be done in-person at the Library, by phone by calling 516-759-8300 or online at www.goldcoastlibrary.org. Both events take place in the Gold Coast Public Library Annex, 40 Railroad Ave. Glen Head.
Aricle by Deborah Kinirons