When the Moon Is Low

When the Moon Is Low

eBook - 2015
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Mahmoud's passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she's ever known. But their happy, middle-class world--a life of education, work, and comfort--implodes when their country is engulfed in war, and the Taliban rises to power.

Mahmoud, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister's family in England. With forged papers and help from kind strangers they meet along the way, Fereiba make a dangerous crossing into Iran under cover of darkness. Exhausted and brokenhearted but undefeated, Fereiba manages to smuggle them as far as Greece. But in a busy market square, their fate takes a frightening turn when her teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the rest of the family.

Faced with an impossible choice, Fereiba pushes on with her daughter and baby, while Saleem falls into the shadowy underground network of undocumented Afghans who haunt the streets of Europe's capitals. Across the continent Fereiba and Saleem struggle to reunite, and ultimately find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives.

Publisher: [New York, New York] : William Morrow, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062369628
0062369628
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (368 pages)

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Eil_1
Apr 13, 2017

Another book that relates the almost-impossible odds of obtaining freedom. Absorbing, captivating and draws one into the world of refugees. Well worth reading.

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singasong70
Dec 17, 2016

Good story though hard not to read into what she says about her stepmother - wasn't mean/cruel when actions show otherwise (straight out of Cinderella if you ask me), plus questions about husband lingers as in: why did Taliban take him away; more than random rounding up of male residents that is, not to mention "plans" for family to lv ultimately.

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Margush
Nov 19, 2016

One can only imagine what people are going through to secure bright and safe future for their families. Very interesting and an amazing knowledge by the author of what it takes to do that.

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Kdolan10
Jun 27, 2016

I enjoyed traveling with this family. The use of two narrators allowed the reader to get a broader view of what's going on. Unfortunately it started to drag around halfway through.

zahra88 Jan 01, 2016

This was an amazing book!!
It was beautifully written and had a powerful message.
Highly recommend!

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KellyReader
Nov 09, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. I thought is was beautifully written. I wish Saleem's chapters were in first person like Fereiba's, but really nicely written. Wonderful story.

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katecasserly
Sep 23, 2015

This is an excellent book. It personalizes the struggle of the migrants from Afghanistan first from a woman's perspective and later chapters from her young adolescent son's view. Painful but well written.

athompson10 Sep 01, 2015

Despite the serious topic and the sad, hard journey of the main characters, this book felt a little bit.....light. The writing is average, no better.

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mprimom
Sep 01, 2015

Great book, nicely written!

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koshti
Jun 09, 2016

i felt like i was traveling with them,beautifull book,amazing story.

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Invincible10
Aug 01, 2015

Freeiba, do you know what is the most beautiful word for spouse is in our language ?
what is it ?
Hamsar. think of it. " Of the same mind" That's what we are isn't it?

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Invincible10
Aug 01, 2015

"love grows wildest in the garden of hard ship."

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Invincible10
Aug 01, 2015

"In the valley of the blind the one eyed man is king."

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Invincible10
Aug 01, 2015

"But love can grow even in a place where there is hardly air to breathe."

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Invincible10
Aug 01, 2015

"the longer we waited the heavier our feet would become."

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Invincible10
Aug 01, 2015

"grudges dont die people die."

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Invincible10
Aug 01, 2015

"even the oldest sandals are a blessing in the desert."

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