Pearl That Broke Its Shell, The

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

A Novel
Written by Nadia Hashimi
Narrated by Gin Hammond
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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

A Novel
Written by Nadia Hashimi | Narrated by Gin Hammond
An “epic, spellbinding” tale (Booklist): Young Rahima turns to an ancient Afghan custom to escape the confines of her troubled home — and build a life of her own in a male-dominated society. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of The Kite Runner, calls this “a tender and beautiful family story.”


Afghan American Nadia Hashimi’s literary debut 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 chaperon her older sisters.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-aunt Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That 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 age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

Categories: Editor's Pick, General Fiction
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Run time: 16:10:21
Unabridged Audiobook

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