La Perle et la coquille
« Ce magnifique conte familial reflète à merveille les combats des femmes afghanes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. » Khaled Hosseini Kaboul, 2007 : les Talibans font la loi dans les rues. Avec un père toxicomane et sans frère, Rahima et ses sœurs ne peuvent quitter la maison. Leur seul espoir réside dans la tradition des bacha posh, qui permettra à la jeune Rahima de se travestir jusqu’à ce qu’elle soit en âge de se marier. Elle jouit alors d’une liberté qui va la transformer à jamais, comme le fit, un siècle plus tôt, son ancêtre Shekiba. Les destinées de ces deux femmes se font écho, et permettent une exploration captivante de la condition féminine en Afghanistan. « Hashimi entrelace deux histoires tout aussi captivantes l’une que l’autre dans un premier roman envoûtant. » Booklist « À travers ce récit bouleversant, Hashimi donne la parole à celles qui ne l’ont pas. » Kirkus La Perle et la Coquille est lauréat du Prix des Lectrices 2016.
Pourvu que la nuit s ach ve
« J’avais imaginé un million de morts pour mon mari : il aurait pu mourir frappé par la foudre. Ça aurait été tellement plus simple pour tout le monde : un éclair tombé du ciel. Mais les orages ne sont jamais là quand on a besoin d’eux. » Lorsqu’on retrouve Zeba, le cadavre de son mari gisant à ses pieds, il paraît évident aux yeux de tous qu’elle l’a tué. Depuis son retour de la guerre, Kamal est devenu un autre homme, alcoolique et violent. Mais cette femme dévouée est-elle vraiment capable d’un tel crime ? Présumée coupable, elle est incarcérée dans la prison pour femmes de Chil Mahtab, laissant derrière elle ses quatre enfants. C’est à Yusuf, revenu des États-Unis pour régler une dette symbolique envers son pays d’origine, que revient la défense de ce cas désespéré. Mais alors que son avocat l’exhorte à parler, Zeba garde obstinément le silence. Qui cherche-t-elle à protéger en acceptant de jouer le rôle du suspect idéal ? Il faudra beaucoup de courage à Yusuf pour faire innocenter celle que tout le monde voit déjà pendue haut et court. « Le portrait saisissant d’une femme d’honneur parmi des hommes qui en sont dépourvus. » Kirkus « Un roman puissant qui se savoure, page après page, sur un monde plongé dans l’obscurantisme. » Book Reporter « Quand vous aurez achevé la lecture de ce livre, n’oubliez pas. Faites quelque chose. » Washington Independent
Ma vie de Bacha Posh
La famille d'Obayda a subi des déboires et dû s'installer dans la campagne afghane. Mais une tante a une idée pour leur attirer la chance : faire d'Obayda, la plus jeune des quatre filles, une bacha posh, c'est-à-dire l'habiller en garçon. D’abord désemparée de renoncer à ses cheveux longs et à la danse, Obayda – désormais appelée Obayd – devient amie avec Rahim, une bacha posh lui aussi. Et elle va ainsi découvrir la liberté... « Un livre remarquable qui offre un aperçu de la vie en Afghanistan et évoque la différence des rôles attribués aux filles et aux garçons à travers le monde. » School Library Journal « Des personnages inoubliables. » KidsReads « Une histoire bouleversante qui marquera les esprits pour longtemps. » Booklist Le premier roman jeunesse de Nadia Hashimi, auteure de La Perle et la Coquille et protégée de Khaled Hosseini (Les Cerfs-volants de Kaboul)
When the Moon Is Low
Mahmoud's passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she's ever known. But their happy, middle-class world—a life of education, work, and comfort—implodes when their country is engulfed in war, and the Taliban rises to power. Mahmoud, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister's family in England. With forged papers and help from kind strangers they meet along the way, Fereiba make a dangerous crossing into Iran under cover of darkness. Exhausted and brokenhearted but undefeated, Fereiba manages to smuggle them as far as Greece. But in a busy market square, their fate takes a frightening turn when her teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the rest of the family. Faced with an impossible choice, Fereiba pushes on with her daughter and baby, while Saleem falls into the shadowy underground network of undocumented Afghans who haunt the streets of Europe's capitals. Across the continent Fereiba and Saleem struggle to reunite, and ultimately find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives.
One Half from the East
Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia, Thanhha Lai, and Rebecca Stead, internationally bestselling author Nadia Hashimi’s first novel for young readers is a coming-of-age journey set in modern-day Afghanistan that explores life as a bacha posh—a preteen girl dressed as a boy. Obayda’s family is in need of some good fortune, and her aunt has an idea to bring the family luck—dress Obayda, the youngest of four sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh. Life in this in-between place is confusing, but once Obayda meets another bacha posh, everything changes. Their transformation won’t last forever, though—unless the two best friends can figure out a way to make it stick and make their newfound freedoms endure. Nadia Hashimi’s first novel for adults, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, was a bestseller that shares a bacha posh character with One Half from the East.
The Vengeance of Mothers
The stunning sequel to the award-winning novel One Thousand White Women. 9 March 1876 My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our People has been destroyed, all our possessions burned, our friends butchered by the soldiers, our baby daughters gone, frozen to death on an ungodly trek across these rocky mountains. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that remains of us intact are hearts turned to stone. We curse the U.S. government, we curse the Army, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. Do not underestimate the power of a mother’s vengeance... So begins the Journal of Margaret Kelly, a woman who participated in the U.S. government's "Brides for Indians" program in 1873, a program whose conceit was that the way to peace between the United States and the Cheyenne Nation was for One Thousand White Woman to be given as brides in exchange for three hundred horses. These "brides" were mostly fallen women; women in prison, prostitutes, the occasional adventurer, or those incarcerated in asylums. No one expected this program to work. And the brides themselves thought of it simply as a chance at freedom. But many of them fell in love with their Cheyenne spouses and had children with them...and became Cheyenne themselves. The Vengeance of Mothers explores what happens to the bonds between wives and husbands, children and mothers, when society sees them as "unspeakable." What does it mean to be white, to be Cheyenne, and how far will these women go to avenge the ones they love? With vivid detail and keen emotional depth, Jim Fergus brings to light a time and place in American history and fills it with unforgettable characters who live and breathe with a passion we can relate to even today.
The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters. But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?
Don t Worry Life Is Easy
Now in Paperback: The much-anticipated, bestselling sequel to the international phenomenon Happy People Read and Drink Coffee. Diane needs to start over again. After returning from Ireland and turning the page on her stormy relationship with Edward, the brooding Irish photographer, she is determined to rebuild her life in Paris with help from her best friend Félix. She focuses solely on getting her literary café back on track-until she meets Olivier. He is kind and thoughtful, and she may have a future with him...until she stumbles across her former love at a photography exhibit. What is Edward doing in Paris? Why didn't he reach out? Faced with a hail of questions, her old flame remains cold and unresponsive. Apparently, he, too, has moved on. In order to put the past behind her, Diane must go back over her tracks. Ireland saved her before. Can she get answers there and find peace again?
A House Without Windows
A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture—from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low. For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed. As Zeba awaits trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells: thirty-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, who ran away from home with her teenage sister but now stays in the prison because it is safe shelter; and nineteen-year-old Mezhgan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for her lover’s family to ask for her hand in marriage. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, as they have been, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood. Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba’s Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines. A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.
The Immobile Empire
Drawing on varied primary source materials, including secret Chinese intelligence reports and British journals, this intriguing study captures the collision between East and West that occurred during Britain's abortive 1793 attempt to open China to Western trade. Original.