The Pearl That Broke Its ShelleBook - 2014
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ChristchurchLib Aug 18, 2014
"This moving debut tells the stories of two young Afghan women struggling with traditional gender roles and the expectations of their families. Rahima, in 2007 Kabul, adopts the custom of bacha posh, which allows her to dress and be treated as a boy, attending school and chaperoning her sist... Read More »
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I was a bacha posh then I wasn't.
I was a daughter then I wasn't.
I was a mother then I wasn't...
There is some kiss we want with our whole lives,
The touch of Spirit on the body.
seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild
At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come
And press its face against mine. Breathe into me.
Benafsha (part of a harem, had an affair, was stoned to death. Did not reveal her lover)
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