When the Moon Is Low

When the Moon Is Low

Book - 2015 | First edition
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When her happy middle-class life in Afghanistan is shattered by the rise of the Taliban and her husband's murder by fundamentalists, former schoolteacher Fereiba embarks on a high-risk effort to escape to England with her three children.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062369574
Call Number: FICTION HASHIMI 2015
Characteristics: 384 pages : map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Juvenile Collection


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The rise of the Taliban and her husband's murder by fundamentalists, forces former schoolteacher Fereiba to attempt a risky escape to England with her three children.

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Oct 01, 2019

I took off half a star from this wonderful book because sometimes the timeline gets a bit confusing. But the story itself is clear, and beautifully written. Fereiba grows up in the "old" Afghanistan, the beloved daughter of a sad man whose wife died bearing Fefeiba. The story begins in her childhood, with details of what that "old" time was like for a girl. Her father remarried, and they had one son and several daughters. Fereiba is at the bottom of the heap. She is, however, very smart, but not allowed to go to school with her brother and sisters because her stepmother keeps insisting she's needed at home to help. Eventually, her oldest stepsister is married off to a boy Fereiba thinks she wants to marry. She's afraid she'll never marry. Eventually, a marriage is arranged with a relative, whom she grows to love. They have three children, a girl, a boy, and then is pregnant when the Taliban come to power and arrest her husband. Some months later, she must accept that he's been murdered. By now, her second son's been born. Friends help her leave, which has gotten harder and harder. Most of her family has gone, and she plans to go to her sister, living in London. This is a terrible journey, which they almost don't survive. The baby becomes ill, and a doctor in Turkey tries to tell her he needs a hospital. She finds kind people to stay with; her older son, Saleem, finds work in the fields that pays almost nothing. By the time they get to Athens, they get to a doctor who tells them the Turkish doctor was right, but there is no hospital they can afford that will or can do the surgery the baby needs. The Turkish doctor had given him some medication which helps, and he's given some in Athens. An aid worker helps the family get train tickets to Paris, with help waiting for them there. But Saleem doesn't show up. What's the mother to do? The rest of the family makes it to London, where they apply for asylum and the baby gets the surgery he needs.

Sep 23, 2019

This is the 3rd book I've read by this author. Her stories are amazing and beautifully written. Her characters are able to draw on strengths even though society told them to be quiet and stay in the background. Maybe women like some of her characters should take over the government of Afghanistan. I believe they could do a better job than what is happening now with men governing.

Jan 09, 2019

Its an insight of hardship and struggle of educated people who live in warzone and seek a better life by making a big move to another country.

Aug 23, 2018

This was an emotional and suspenseful read.

The story starts off with Fereiba's childhood and how she struggled to make her way in her new family and then later in life when she has to whisk her 3 children out of an increasing Taliban controlled country and to London, England where her family is. The struggles they increasingly face as the political climate in their country became unbearable and intense. You secretly root for them to succeed their long and difficult journey and then the heart pounding moment when the family get separated from each other..... will they be reunited?!

This book gives us a glimpse of what Afghanistan may have been like for some people before and during the Taliban rule. This was definitely an absorbing and good read, highly recommend.

Kristin Gianna Iorio Feb 26, 2018

If this book were required reading, I think a lot more people would have some much-needed compassion for refugees fleeing violence in their countries of origin.

It is a beautiful novel and will touch anyone with a beating heart.

Apr 13, 2017

Another book that relates the almost-impossible odds of obtaining freedom. Absorbing, captivating and draws one into the world of refugees. Well worth reading.

Dec 17, 2016

Good story though hard not to read into what she says about her stepmother - wasn't mean/cruel when actions show otherwise (straight out of Cinderella if you ask me), plus questions about husband lingers as in: why did Taliban take him away; more than random rounding up of male residents that is, not to mention "plans" for family to lv ultimately.

Nov 19, 2016

One can only imagine what people are going through to secure bright and safe future for their families. Very interesting and an amazing knowledge by the author of what it takes to do that.

Jun 27, 2016

I enjoyed traveling with this family. The use of two narrators allowed the reader to get a broader view of what's going on. Unfortunately it started to drag around halfway through.

zahra88 Jan 01, 2016

This was an amazing book!!
It was beautifully written and had a powerful message.
Highly recommend!

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Jun 09, 2016

i felt like i was traveling with them,beautifull book,amazing story.

Aug 01, 2015

Freeiba, do you know what is the most beautiful word for spouse is in our language ?
what is it ?
Hamsar. think of it. " Of the same mind" That's what we are isn't it?

Aug 01, 2015

"love grows wildest in the garden of hard ship."

Aug 01, 2015

"In the valley of the blind the one eyed man is king."

Aug 01, 2015

"But love can grow even in a place where there is hardly air to breathe."

Aug 01, 2015

"the longer we waited the heavier our feet would become."

Aug 01, 2015

"grudges dont die people die."

Aug 01, 2015

"even the oldest sandals are a blessing in the desert."


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