The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan - Atia Abawi

The Secret Sky (Philomel, $17.99) is a tale of forbidden love set in author Atia Abawi’s native Afghanistan. Fatima, a Hazara, is a questioning, ambitious, yet still obedient young woman. When her childhood friend, Samiullah, a Pashtun, returns home from his religious studies a romance kindles between the two. However, tremendous religious, tribal, and cultural barriers threaten to keep the two apart. Violence is sparked by the response of the insecure, jealous and bitter Rashid, Samiullah’s cousin, who uncovers their illicit relationship. Abawi sprinkles the text with Dari and Pashto words included in a glossary and has added a note on the complexities of life in modern Afghanistan.  Ages 14-18. KLP

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ISBN: 9780399160783
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Philomel Books - September 2nd, 2014