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"In vibrant but understated prose, Wahab vividly portrays a misunderstood culture, as well as the tense life on military bases where everyone must wear body armor and carry a weapon. While fighting to build a bridge of understanding between her 'native and adoptive nations,' Wahab admirably wages a more universal war--for gender equality, human rights, and peace."
--Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"Extraordinary....detailed, lively...A carefully wrought work that allows a rare look inside Pashtun culture."
SAIMA WAHAB was born in Afghanistan, went to Pakistan as a refugee, and moved to the United States as a teenager. Since then she has become one of the only Pashtun female translators in the world, and—among other consequent roles—has returned to Afghanistan several times to work as a cultural adviser with the U.S. Army. She lives in Washington, D.C.See all Editorial Reviews
I read this book to further my understanding of the female, Afghan, Pashtun perspective and experience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katey Schultz
The book arrived in excellent condition. the writer gives us a great glimpse of what growing up in that part of the world is like,Published 7 months ago by petededham
Such a good read. It made me aware of how arrogant we are in our land of freedom. The military could definitely use a book like this as a teaching moment.Published 13 months ago by Rosanne
The book was interesting in that someone born in Afghanistan during the Russian period and then raised in the US would go back to find her roots working for the US military. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Virginia K. Bolton
but WELL worth it. This will allow you to understand why SO much has gone wrong in Afghanistan despite our being there to help.Published 16 months ago by Judy Hornaday
If you read the summary you think that this might be an interesting book, about an Afghan woman who conjures up her bravery and goes back to "Her Father's Country" to help... Read morePublished 16 months ago by T. Eichner
I have a ton of respect for the author and everything that she struggled with. This also gave me a greater appreciation for Afghanistan's culture and how complicated things are... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Allison M Grant