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Rukhsana is a spirited young journalist who works for the Kabul Daily in Afghanistan. She takes care of her ill, widowed mother and her younger brother, Jahan. But then Rukhsana is summoned to appear at the infamous Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, and their quiet and tenuous way of life is shattered.
There, the malevolent minister, Zorak Wahidi, announces that the Taliban has found a new way to pursue the diplomatic respect it has long been denied: cricket. On the world stage of sports, the Taliban will prove they are a fair and just society. Rukhsana and several other journalists are to report that a tournament will be held to determine who will play for Afghanistan. Anyone can put together a team. Women are forbidden to play. The winners will travel to Pakistan to train, then go on to represent Afghanistan around the world.
Rukhsana knows that this is a shameful, and deeply surreal, idea. The Taliban will never embrace a game rooted in civility, fairness, and equality, with no tolerance for violence or cheating. And no one in Afghanistan even knows how to play the game.
Except for Rukhsana.
This could be a way to get her cousins and her brother out of Afghanistan for good. But before she can organize a team, the terrifying Wahidi demands her hand in marriage. He finds her both exciting and infuriating, and wants to control her unruly, willful nature. The union would be her prison, stripping away what few freedoms she has left under Taliban rule and forcing her away from her family. Not marrying Wahidi, however, might mean her death. Her family rallies around her, willing to do anything to protect her, even if it means imprisonment or worse.
But Rukhsana realizes that Wahidi may have given her a way out, too. With the help of her loyal, beloved brother and cousins, she forms her own cricket team and sets about teaching them how to win their freedom—with a bat and a ball.
Inspired by the Taliban's actual and unprecedented promotion of cricket in 2000 in an attempt to gain acceptance in the global community, internationally bestselling author Murari weaves a riveting story of strength, hope, and soaring human triumph that proves no tyranny is ever absolute in the face of love.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Well written and with well developed characters.
It makes one appreciate where we live and how we are treated as women even if sometimes we don't feel we are treated equally in all aspects of life with men.
Bought it a few weeks ago but was reading other books so just started reading this one yesterday and I could not put it down until I finished it.
Very well-written and enjoyable book with a great twist ending! Gave a lot of insight into a foreign culture.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Gripping ! Amazing !! One could feel the oppression of the Taliban.Published 12 days ago by kate simpson
A well written book that does much to document the life of women under the Taliban. Light-hearted at times.Published 18 days ago by Ann Mayer
Very interesting book. I enjoyed what the main character had to go through to play Cricket even though she was a woamnPublished 25 days ago by Marcus
The story plot was predictable, and the book read like a Bollywood movie script.Published 29 days ago by GrimbleGrumble
It is an interesting story and certainly gives one a perspective of what life was like under the Taliban. It wasn't particularly well written but was worthwhile to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M.Zaslow
having just returned from the Middle East, I could vividly imagine these characters, and many aspects of the story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Traveling mama