By Nadia Hashimi
Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel is a searing story of powerlessness, destiny, and the liberty to regulate one's personal destiny that mixes the cultural taste and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.
In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can in basic terms sporadically attend tuition, and will hardly ever go away the home. Their purely desire lies within the historical customized of bacha posh, which permits younger Rahima to decorate and be handled as a boy till she is of marriageable age. As a son, she will be able to attend college, visit the marketplace, and chaperone her older sisters.
But Rahima isn't the first in her kin to undertake this strange customized. A century prior, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned through a pandemic, stored herself and outfitted a brand new existence an identical way.
Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of those ladies separated via a century who proportion comparable destinies. yet what's going to occur as soon as Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba constantly reside as a guy? And if Rahima can't adapt to existence as a bride, how will she survive?