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Nadia Hashimi

Autor/a de The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

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Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi was born and raised in New York and New Jersey. She graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Biology. She enrolled in medical school in Brooklyn and completed her pediatric training at NYU/Bellevue hospitals in New York City. The mostra'n més Pearl That Broke Its Shell is her debut novel. Nadia is also the author of When the Moon is Low, A House Without Windows and One Half from the East. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Nadia Hashimi

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell (2014) 1,051 exemplars
When the Moon Is Low (2015) 415 exemplars
A House Without Windows (2016) 353 exemplars
Sparks Like Stars (2021) 224 exemplars
One Half from the East (2016) 205 exemplars
The Sky at Our Feet (2018) 107 exemplars

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Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
New York, USA
Llocs de residència
New York, New York, USA
New Jersey, USA
Maryland, USA
Brandeis University (BS ∙ Biology/Middle Eastern Studies)
New York University Medical Center
Helen Heller
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Nadia Hashimi was born and raised in New York and New Jersey. Both her parents were born in Afghanistan and left in the early 1970s, before the Soviet invasion. Her mother, granddaughter of a notable Afghan poet, traveled to Europe to obtain a Master’s degree in civil engineering and her father came to the United States, where he worked hard to fulfill his American dream and build a new, brighter life for his immediate and extended family. Nadia was fortunate to be surrounded by a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins, keeping the Afghan culture an integral part of their daily lives.

Nadia attended Brandeis University where she obtained degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Biology. In 2002, she made her first trip to Afghanistan with her parents who had not returned to their homeland since leaving in the 1970s. It was a bittersweet experience for everyone, finding relics of childhood homes and reuniting with loved ones.

Nadia enrolled in medical school in Brooklyn and became active with an Afghan-American community organization that promoted cultural events and awareness, especially in the dark days after 9/11. She graduated from medical school and went on to complete her pediatric training at NYU/Bellevue hospitals in New York City. On completing her training, Nadia moved to Maryland with her husband where she works as a pediatrician.She and her husband are the beaming parents of four curious, rock star children, two goldfish and a territorial African Grey parrot.



This is a novel about a mother and her children who flee Afghanistan after the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s. The author was born in America but both of her parents are from Afghanistan.

In Kabul, we first meet Fereiba as a young girl growing up with an unloving stepmother and distant father. The story moves onto her thwarted love life, trying to avoid being married off to someone awful. She then settles down with Mahmoud and begins a family, she a teacher and he an engineer. Their life is turned upside down by the rise of the repressive Taliban regime, Mahmoud is killed, and Fereiba flees with her children, trying to seek asylum in England where she has some family. This perilous journey takes them through Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Italy and is fraught with hazard and difficulties at each step.

At this point Saleem, her teenage son, was introduced as a second narrator, a shift I did not enjoy as I had become more invested in Fereiba’s story. Saleem’s story focussed on his desire to be a man and I really did not take to him.

Overall the story sheds empathetic light on the plight of refugees. What the family went through though, is probably not a patch on the reality of what actually happens and somehow failed to make the emotional connections. This was a pleasant enough read but I think there are better refugee stories out there.
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mimbza | Hi ha 24 ressenyes més | Apr 7, 2024 |
Agripping story about two brave children on the run in the Big Apple.

This timely story features two American children: Jason, the son of a single mom from Afghanistan who has overstayed her visa in America, and Max, a white American girl who has epilepsy. Serendipity brings the two children together and leads to an exciting but nerve-wracking adventure around New York City. The heroic protagonists exhibit a good balance between independent problem-solving and making mistakes. In Jason’s present-tense narration, Hashimi creatively explores the similarities and differences in the two children’s lives: how they grew up, their relationships with their families, the ways they use their wits, and their levels of trust. She also provides a nuanced and accessible perspective on the complex issues of illegal immigration and childhood epilepsy. Jason’s sole family member disappears for reasons he could never have contemplated, and Max is a witty, confident girl who longs to be considered just like everyone else. Leveraging her pediatrician expertise but without didacticism, Hashimi also shares what people should do if they see someone having an epileptic attack.

An important book with a well-crafted plot that is sure to linger several days after readers finish it. (author’s note) (Fiction. 8-12)

-Kirkus Review
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CDJLibrary | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Apr 2, 2024 |
What a fascinating, thought-provoking book. If you are interested in gender roles, Afghanistan, and/or stories about strong girls you can't miss this one. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year.
LibrarianDest | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Jan 3, 2024 |



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