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Sparks Like Stars

A Novel

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If you enjoyed The Map of Salt and Stars, then you’ll love Sparks Like Stars.

“Nadia Hashimi's writing will always sweep you away; she is a fantastic writer and her characters are always phenomenal. I was super thrilled to find out she has another book coming out and Sparks Like Stars was just as good as I'd hoped. Hashimi admits in her Author's Note that a lot more of herself went into shaping Sitara which I though was fascinating. Hashimi was also a physician in NYC on 9/11 and experience firsthand the islamophobia and racism that followed. I thought adult Sitara's reckoning with her dark past was beautifully written and honest. The novel just swept over you as you read and ended sadly but also in a beautiful full circle. There are just so many things that I loved about this book - the relationship between Sitara/Antonia/Tilly, the covering of the political unrest that completely changed the course of Afghan history and shaped the way the country is seen today, and the beautiful narration by Mozhan Marno (her voice was both calming and engaging and gave perfect characterization Sitara across her life story). This book is fabulous and I highly recommend it to all, both historical fiction and literary fiction fans alike! It lends itself so nicely to open discussion so is also a great pick for book clubs”

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An Afghan American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives in this brilliant and compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, The House Without Windows, and When the Moon Is Low.

Kabul, 1978: The daughter of a prominent family, Sitara Zamani lives a privileged life in Afghanistan’s thriving cosmopolitan capital. The 1970s are a time of remarkable promise under the leadership of people like Sardar Daoud, Afghanistan’s progressive president, and Sitara’s beloved father, his right-hand man. But the ten-year-old Sitara’s world is shattered when communists stage a coup, assassinating the president and Sitara’s entire family. Only she survives. 

Smuggled out of the palace by a guard named Shair, Sitara finds her way to the home of a female American diplomat, who adopts her and raises her in America. In her new country, Sitara takes on a new name—Aryana Shepherd—and throws herself into her studies, eventually becoming a renowned surgeon. A survivor, Aryana has refused to look back, choosing instead to bury the trauma and devastating loss she endured. 

New York, 2008: Forty years after that fatal night in Kabul, Aryana’s world is rocked again when an elderly patient appears in her examination room—a man she never expected to see again. It is Shair, the soldier who saved her, yet may have murdered her entire family. Seeing him awakens Aryana’s fury and desire for answers—and, perhaps, revenge. Realizing that she cannot go on without finding the truth, Aryana embarks on a quest that takes her back to Kabul—a battleground between the corrupt government and the fundamentalist Taliban—and through shadowy memories of the world she loved and lost. 

Bold, illuminating, heartbreaking, yet hopeful, Sparks Like Stars is a story of home—of America and Afghanistan, tragedy and survival, reinvention and remembrance, told in Nadia Hashimi’s singular voice.

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