The Widow's Husband

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Numina Press, 2009 - Fiction - 347 pages
11 Reviews
Three years after the 1841 British occupation of Kabul, news of the invasion still hasn't reached the remote village of Char Bagh. Here, the biggest excitement of the season is a mysterious vagabond who has wandered onto a nearby hillside. Is he a madman? Perhaps. But he just might be a God-crazed madman, a malang, a man with the power to channel miracles. And indeed, he does soon begin to transform the lives of the villagers-the brooding headman Ibrahim, his djinn-haunted wife Soraya, the headman's charismatic sister-in-law, the widowed Khadija... But the isolation of Char Bagh is about to end. The Widow's Husband, an epic work of historical fiction, is the first novel to tell the story of British imperialism from the Afghan side.

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User Review  - Lily Caravello - Goodreads

A beautifully written story that made me think about how we view mental illness in the modern world. Ansary gives us such insight into the complicated and fascinating country of Afghanistan. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Hanson - Goodreads

Tamim Ansary's Destiny Disrupted was a tremendously readable walk through world history from an Islamic viewpoint. I approached this novelization of the Afghan experience of the Anglo-Afghan War of ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Tamim Ansary is the author of "West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story" as well as numerous books for children. A columnist for Encarta, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two children.

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