The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
A NoveleBook - 2014
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In this debut novel, the young girl Rahima adopts the Afghani custom of bacha posh, as did her great-aunt Shekiba before her, to protect her family.
KateHillier Apr 04, 2015
A hard book to read at times but also a very rewarding one. I started the book thinking the book would just be about one particular custom but that custom, of course, is part of a bigger story and issue and I'm glad that that story is what I ended up reading.
Rahima is one of five daughters. T... Read More »
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I was a bacha posh then I wasn't.
I was a daughter then I wasn't.
I was a mother then I wasn't...
There is some kiss we want with our whole lives,
The touch of Spirit on the body.
seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild
At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come
And press its face against mine. Breathe into me.
Benafsha (part of a harem, had an affair, was stoned to death. Did not reveal her lover)
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