Reviews

  • "A deceptively simple book, written in a spare, poetic style. But it is a rich read... It is without doubt an important and courageous book"

    Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • "This is a remarkable novel, written with a beautiful lucidity... it is a book which achieves what imaginative literature can provide better than any art form: it makes you think and feel at the same time"

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • "An important and shocking polemic; it will outrage readers for the truths it reveals"

    Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times
  • "We know so little about the day-to-day life of people in Afghanistan - and in particular its women - that glittering gems such as this ... become all the more valuable for shining a torch on a beleaguered and largely unseen existence"

    Metro
  • "Her monologue is a direct attempt on the part of Rahimi to rip away the veil over Afghan women's lives... An act of political courage and a beautifully constructed, deeply memorable novella"

    Observer