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In Afghanistan, the birth of a son is an occasion of rejoicing; the birth of a daughter is often mourned as a sign of misfortune, even dishonor. To mitigate the shame, many families have fabricated a third gender, the "basha posh," girls dressed and presented as boys until they reach puberty. In The Underground Girls of Kabul, award-winning journalist Jenny Nordberg exposes this little-known practice, tracking it not as a curiosity but as the jumping-off point to several poignant portraits of women who were drafted into this misogynistic practice, many of whom responded in very different ways. Nordberg's profiles are subtle and sympathetic, giving this book an unexpected resonance; editor's recommendation.