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- Print Length: 314 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U7WJ0D4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julienne becomes the guardian of two girls with whom she can barely communicate. When both were preteens, Leila, from Iran, and Saadia, from Afghanistan, were child brides with lives of unimaginable difficulty. When they come to live with Julienne, who speaks French and English, they speak Farsi and Pashto. Gradually, with difficulty and pitfalls, they become able to talk to each other in English. Horelle Dailey takes us skillfully through the states from broken English to fluency, and their stories become deeper and richer.
As they become proficient in their shared language, the girls share their heartbreaking stories, and we have a chance to see the contrasts among French, American, Iranian, and Afghan cultures.
As readers we learn a great deal about the harsh treatment of women in some societies, and the courage that it takes to rise above it. At the same time we are drawn into an engaging story.
Anyone who enjoyed The Canvas will enjoy Drums Made From the Skins of My Sisters, but it is not necessary to read these books in order. Each stands alone as a complete and compelling work.
I was however pleased by the book from the moment I started it. I found excellent the fact that the story is told when these girls are well taken care of by Julienne. I wouldn't be able to bear so much suffering in another context.
It is wonderful to discover three amazing human beings. I knew Julienne, the young widow, from “The Canvas – A Secret from the Holocaust” by the same author. I found amazing the way she grew, the love and wisdom she could give to her two adopted girls to which she taught so much and from whom she also learned so much. All three of them turn out to become “remarkable”.
This book leaves you with the urge to give: it makes you feel that whatever you give, you get way more in return. Its reading is enriching.