Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan

Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan

by Zarghuna Kargar
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Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

"A powerful collection of testimonies that depict the struggles and hopes of Afghan women. An often emotional and at times painful read, this book is ultimately a poignant celebration of human resilience under unimaginable duress. " —KHALED HOSSEINI, New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner


"I am deeply touched by these stories...Dear Zari should be read by anyone who cares and wants to know about Asia and Asian women." —XINRAN


"All the stories in Dear Zari illustrate the suffering caused by deeply ingrained Afghan traditions. But [the women's} bravery and resilience shines through and Kargar touchingly reveals how hearing others' life stories finally gave her the courage to share her own. " —The Independent


Moving, enlightening, and heartbreaking, Dear Zari gives voice to the secret lives of Afghan women. For the first time, Dear Zari allows these women to tell their stories in their own words: from the child bride given as payment to end of a family feud, to a life spent in a dark, dusty room weaving carpets, from a young girl being brought up as a boy, to a woman living as a widow shunned by society.


Intimate, emotional, painful and uplifting, these stories uncover the suffering and strength of women in this deeply religious and intensely traditional society, and show how their courage is an inspiration to women everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402268380
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 372,007
File size: 1 MB

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Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book exposes many of the human rights violations committed against women in Afghanistan by their own families and/or spouses. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the hardships women face in the world today. Definitely demonstrates how cultures manipulate religion to harm others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, couldn't put it down. More than willing to pass on so others will know how the rest of the world lives. Zari is truly a lady of bravery
Treesah More than 1 year ago
This book really touched me deeply. It brought to life the stories & gave a face to those we hear about on the news. My heart is with Afghani women and they will be in my prayers.