An ancient custom of Afghanistan, Bacha Posh, allows young Rahima, a daughter in a family with no sons, to dress and be accepted as a boy. She is allowed all the freedoms and priveleges of a boy... until she reaches puberty. Then she must return to the life of a girl.
This book was published 11 years ago and it still resonates with me. Beautiful prose, an exotic setting, deeply felt characters and a saga-like story come together to create a story you will sink into.
Apparently I wasn't paying attention to the news in the 80's and was unaware on the siege of Sarajevo. This book educated and enlightened me Parts that I was sure were creative additions to the events were, in fact, true. A supberb historical/realistic fiction.
Great Circle is epic saga of empowered women and aviation history. Melding the lives of Marion Graves, who wants nothing more than to fly plans (not easily accomplished for a women in the early 1900's) and Hadley Baxter, an actress portraying Marion a century later. A richly detailed adventure that will take you around the world.
If you haven't read The Golem and the Jinni yet (it was published 7 years ago), you need it on your "To Read" nightstand pile. This tale of two mystical creatures flows like the best fairy tales of your youth. Read it now because the equally amazing sequel is coming in June!
I LOVED this book! Sequel to The Golem and the Jinni, it is the best of all worlds. Think Arabian Nights set in 1900's New York City. Escapism at its very best!