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The Secret Sky:A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan

Atia Abawi

At the heart of this gripping debut by Abawi, is a cross-cultural love affair that tears at a small Afghan community. Fatima and Samiullah have known each other their whole lives, but she’s a Hazara girl and he’s a Pashtun boy and they can never marry. As their friendship slowly blossoms into love, Sami and Fatima know their meetings could have lethal consequences. Sami's embittered cousin Rashid seeks to gain favor with the Taliban and reports the attachment. This results in horrific consequences for both families and sets in motion events that change Fatima, Sami and their village forever.