Born Under a Million Shadows: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Feb 2, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A moving tale of the triumph of the human spirit amidst heartbreaking tragedy, told through the eyes of a charming, impish, and wickedly observant Afghan boy

The Taliban have withdrawn from Kabul's streets, but the long shadows of their regime remain. In his short life, eleven-year-old Fawad has known more grief than most: his father and brother have been killed, his sister has been abducted, and Fawad and his mother, Mariya, must rely on the charity of parsimonious relatives to eke out a hand-to-mouth existence.
Ever the optimist, Fawad hopes for a better life, and his dream is realized when Mariya finds a position as a housekeeper for a charismatic Western woman, Georgie, and her two foreign friends. The world of aid workers and journalists is a new one for Fawad, and living with the trio offers endless curiosities—including Georgie's destructive relationship with the powerful Afghan warlord Haji Khan, whose exploits are legendary. Fawad grows resentful and worried, until he comes to learn that love can move a man to act in surprisingly good ways. But life, especially in Kabul, is never without peril, and the next calamity Fawad must face is so devastating that it threatens to destroy the one thing he thought he could never lose: his love for his country.

A big-hearted novel infused with crackling wit, Andrea Busfield's brilliant debut captures the hope and humanity of the Afghan people and the foreigners who live among them.

 

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User Review  - nicola26 - LibraryThing

For the most part, I really enjoyed this one. It did start to drag a little towards the end- the story just wasn't going anywhere for the last bit- but mostly, I thought it was great. I thought Fawad ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cecilturtle - LibraryThing

In this novel East meets West, as little Fawad goes to live in a British household. I enjoyed the shock of cultures, Fawad's impressions and reactions, the details in relationships between men and ... Read full review

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Contents

Part One
1
Part Two
159
One Year Later
280
Make a Difference
287
Glossary
289
Acknowledgments
291
NONAFGHAN
292
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Andrea Busfield is a British journalist who first traveled to Afghanistan to cover the fall of the Taliban in 2001 as a reporter for the News of the World. She is now a full-time writer living in Bad Ischl, Austria. Born Under a Million Shadows is her first book.

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