When the Moon Is Low: A Novel

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55 reviews

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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.

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55 reviews
Reboni Saha
January 16, 2020
It belongs to a host of stories emerging from the turmoil of the Middle East. This is specifically based in Afghanistan and the emergence of the Taliban, tracking the journey of a refugee with exposure to the underbelly of all things shadowy that comes with this state of being. There is special mention of the infamous Calais "jungle camp" where most desperate people congregate in their effort to reach UK. All in all a good read, if a bit slow as it focuses on the internal reflections of each character.
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Victoria Smith-Shew
August 7, 2015
Wow! I was flicking through potential books when the title caught my eye. From the moment I started to read the free sample... I was hooked. I just had to purchase when the free sample finished. It is brilliantly written with lots of surprises and twists and turns and there were a lot of tears on my screen!!. Very moving and had me turning those pages and I was lost somethere inside the story for a few days.... now what will I do with myself.. :-p
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Deb Mohr
July 13, 2016
OMG! What a way to end a book! I felt like I fell off of a cliff & there was nothing to come back from. This book, this family, what a story! To have tavelled this trail of tribulations with them for this ending! Please tell me there is, or will be a sequel!!!
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About the author

Nadia Hashimi is a pediatrician turned international bestselling novelist and daughter of Afghan immigrants. She is the author of four books for adults, as well as the middle grade novels One Half from the East and The Sky at Our Feet. She lives with her family in the Washington, DC, suburbs. Visit her online at nadiahashimibooks.com.

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