Just finished reading ...WOW ... I just finished this beautifully written book yesterday.  Many thanks to the author for the detailed descriptions of the Afghans (especially women) daily...

Just finished reading ...

WOW ... I just finished this beautifully written book yesterday.  Many thanks to the author for the detailed descriptions of the Afghans (especially women) daily lives.  How we, as Americans, take for granted our freedoms!!!

 

My heart literally ached - to only imagine - losing your parents and everything you know - then to be thrown into a marriage with a despicable man, who expects nothing less than utmost respect.  The consequences for disrespect is astonishing.

 

My heart ached the most when Rasheed (the despicable) forced Laila to send daughter Aziza to an orphanage --- the author's description of mother letting daughter go --- having to just leave your child and walk away --- it's just something that I, as a mother, cannot even begin to fathom.

 

I loved this book - and, although felt a little let down at the ending - was glad that I did not have to read about these poor people having to deal with another hardship.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think the book would make an excellent one for high school, and mature eighth graders. The subject matter is not as difficult at Kite Runner in some ways, and the book definitely gives us a good glimpse into modern life in Afghanistan, and I like how it focuses on women.
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I loved this book! I gave it to a colleague to read, hoping that with two teachers we could make a push and add it to the 10th grade reading list at my school. Unfortunately, we mostly read dead white guys because the school committee is afraid of "new."

Do you read Antigone in your 10th grade class? You might win the committee over by telling them about this tale of incest, murder, and suicide--which is on the list.

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allyson | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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I loved this book! I gave it to a colleague to read, hoping that with two teachers we could make a push and add it to the 10th grade reading list at my school. Unfortunately, we mostly read dead white guys because the school committee is afraid of "new."

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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My class was a Pre-AP Lit course at the junior level in high school.  They took the class as a precursor to the AP monster.  I had a list of required readings and each grading period they were also required to read one off the independent readings which had about 20-30 choices.  Kiterunner was on that list for the theme of identity and how we become ourselves or get to know ourselves. Each student was then required a book share over the book and had to tie it in to the unit theme. 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I haven't read either book, but I have Kiterunner. I'll have to read it over spring break. What grade level is your class? The  book is on our regular 8th grade reading list.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I have heard this book is amazing.  It is on my stack of books by my bedside table waiting to be tackled.  I loved The Kiterunner, by the same author.  I taught that book in my Pre-AP Lit class, and it's so intriguing how kiddos who have such a strong opinion of the middle east and their ideologies make a complete turn-around!  We had a fascinating series of conversations...thanks for the review!  I may have to move the book up in the stack!  :) 

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vancolate4729 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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#3, I had to read this book in my current freshman honors class.  Although I don't happen to think this book is an extremely hard book to read (emotionally wise, though, it was) I happen to have an outrageously demanding teacher.  Assignments from the easiest of worksheets to the hardest of essays can be given on this book. (my class was given the hardest of essays, of course, which most of us tragically failed)

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