From the author of ThePearl That Broke Its Shell comes an unforgettable story of terror,survival, perseverance, and hope that chronicles one extraordinarily braveAfghan woman’s odyssey to save her family and find asylum in the West—a tale ofa daring escape, a perilous trek across Europe, and the courage and tenacity ofone defiant woman.
Mahmood’s passion forhis wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she’s ever known.But their happy middle-class world—a life of education, work, andcomfort—implodes when their country is engulfed in war and the Taliban rise to power.
Mahmood, a civilengineer, 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 and her children make a dangerous crossing into Iran under cover ofdarkness. Exhausted and brokenhearted but undefeated, Fereiba manages tosmuggle them as far as Greece. But in a busy market square, their fate takes afrightening turn when her teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the restof the family. Faced with an impossible choice, Fereiba pushes on with herdaughter and baby, while Saleem falls into the shadowy underground network ofundocumented Afghans who haunt the streets of Europe’s capitals. Fereiba andSaleem struggle to reunite, and ultimately find a place where they can begin toreconstruct their lives.