April 30, 2015


There were a couple times that I thought I wouldn't be able to finish The Secret Sky, not because it is a bad or poorly-written book, but because it landed gut-punches with its gritty realism. It's a love story, yes, but one of forbidden love in a country where simply being seen in the presence of the opposite sex can result in public beatings, bodily mutilation, or even death. Fatima is a Hazara, a Shia, and a peasant farmer's daughter. Samiullah (Sami for short) is a a Pashtun, a Sunni, and t...

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