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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
When the Moon is Low (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Half from the East (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A House Without Windows (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sky at Our Feet (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sparks Like Stars (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spilled Ink (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Instaread Summary Books

Summary of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell (With: Instaread Summaries) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summary of A Little Life (By: Hanya Yanagihara,Instaread Summaries) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summary of The Children Act (By: Ian McEwan,Instaread Summaries) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summary of The Light Between Oceans (By: M.L. Stedman,Instaread Summaries) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summary of The Boston Girl (By: Anita Diamant,Instaread Summaries) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summary of The Invention of Wings (By: Sue Monk Kidd,Instaread Summaries) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summary, Analysis & Review of A Gentleman in Moscow (By: Amor Towles,Instaread Summaries) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summary of Vinegar Girl (By: Anne Tyler,Instaread Summaries) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

New Voices in Fiction Sampler(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Nadia Hashimi
Nadia Hashimi is a literary fiction author born and raised in New Jersey and New York. Her parents were born in Afghanistan but got a way to go to the US before the Soviet Invasion. Hashimi’s mom, a granddaughter to a renowned Afghan poet, did her Masters in Civil Engineering in Europe as her father worked to build a comfortable home for his family in the US. This talented author grew with uncles, aunts, and cousins, so she kept in touch with her Afghan culture. Currently, Hashimi lives in the US with her husband and their children. She enjoys being a mom, walking her dogs, and indulging in coffee and good old chocolate.

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell tells the story of a girl who adopts an unusual custom to beat the odds stacked against her. It is 2007 in Kabul, and Rahima and her sisters are living with their drug-addicted father. With no brother to chaperone them, the sisters only attend school sporadically, not to mention that they rarely get out of the house. Their only hope is the ancient bacha posh custom that allows a girl to dress and be treated as a boy until she hits the marriageable age. Rahima adopts this custom that will enable her to attend school whenever she wants, go to the market, and chaperone her sisters, just like a son would do.

Rahima is not the only person in her household to embrace this custom. Her great-aunt, Shekiba, had adopted it about a century before following the death of her parents. Orphaned thanks to an epidemic, this was the only way Shekiba could save herself and rebuild her life. We get to see Rahima transform into Rahim. The girl who couldn’t leave her home now roams the streets without supervision and can even enjoy playing with other kids. Her new identity also benefits her sisters in many ways. We also get to see the effect the bacha posh custom has on Shekiba’s life.

This story comes with two storylines that keep on alternating. The author interweaves the tales of two women, a whole century apart but with a shared destiny. Both stories are intriguing and will keep you reading to see what happens in each woman’s life. How well will Rahima adapt to living as a boy and taking care of her elder sisters? What happens when she gets to marriageable age? What about Shekiba? Did she live her entire life as a man? In addition to the intriguing storylines, this book comes with a taste of Middle East culture. The Bacha Posh custom is quite exciting, and it is incredible how it changes Rahima’s life and destiny. However, marriage triumphs over it, and when the time comes, a girl will have to forget about her life as a boy.

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell is a perfect choice if you crave a good story. You will have no words to describe the feelings this book agitates. While it is not designed to be a roller coaster, this tale is so beautifully written it is hard not to get emotionally invested in the lives of the Afghan women highlighted in it. Rahima becomes so real as the story progresses, and by the end, you will feel like sending some comforting words to her. This fictional tale comes with so much integrity, and it portrays just the right amount of reality to make it read like a true story.

When the Moon is Low
When the Moon is Low highlights the story of a school teacher whose life is changed when the Taliban get to power. Fereiba is a school teacher who enjoys being genuinely loved by her husband. While theirs was an arranged marriage, Fereiba and her husband become fast friends, and their bond continues to grow the longer they stay in the marriage. As a middle-class family with education, work, and a bit of comfort, theirs is an ideal life. All these changes when their country is thrown into war as the Taliban take overpower. Fereiba is among those targeted by the fundamentalist regime, and when her husband is brutally murdered, the schoolteacher has to find a way to save herself and her children.

With her three children in tow, Fereiba starts on a journey to her sister’s family in London. This is not goingg to be an easy trip since Fereiba is leaving Kabul with forged papers. She will have to depend on the kindness of strangers while going through the dangerous crossing in darkness to Iran. This is just the beginning of a harrowing journey that will reduce a mother and a respected wife into a refugee. Fereiba and her children eventually make it to Europe, but their undocumented status haunts them whenever they go. Things take a frightening turn when Fereiba’s son, now a teenager, is separated from his family.
Life for Saleem gets more challenging, and without his mother’s guidance, he is quickly lured into the world of human trafficking. While he chose to go and look for money away from his mother, he did not know that it would be long before reuniting with them again. Fereiba is heartbroken, yet she and her other two children must continue on their journey, hoping that they would one day be reunited. The struggles mother and son go through on their journey will break your heart. This story shows how fast life can change and get out of control.

When the Moon is Low is an enlightening, intellectually stimulating, and refreshing read. The story touches on issues that are still prevalent in society today. Think of human trafficking, refugee camps, and immigration. Some parts of this book will shatter your soul, and you will keep hoping that Fereiba can finally catch a break. In her beautiful writing style, the author paints an accurate picture of refugees’ lives risking their lives to leave their war-torn countries in search of a better life for themselves and the next generation. It is said that this is kind of life is a reality to millions of refugees spread across the globe.

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One Response to “Nadia Hashimi”

  1. Deniz Tanır: 11 months ago

    Dear Ms Nadia Hashimi,
    My name is Deniz Tanır and I am retired literature teacher living in Adana, south of Turkey.
    After I retired, as I am so into reading, I got a member at KOZA READING/BOOK CLUB.
    In this club, we choose a book in each month, read it all and talk about it with the readers.
    September the 14th it will be my turn to be the moderator and the book I have choosen is yours, SPARKS LIKE STARS…Which I loved and suggested to the group.
    About two years ago I met with your wonderful books.
    I was especially touched by Sparks Like Stars.
    First of all with some similarities I thought it might me your own story. However apperently it is not. Though I was wondering if it is a real story.
    The reason I am writing to you to get some deeper information about your books so that I would introduce you and your works to the members.

    Guessing you are busy writing the new stories which I am so looking forward reading, I would appreciate if you could provide some knowledge for me.

    1) In your books you are defining and introducing women and the problems and difficulties they have facing/ faced. I admire and belive in your works as a defender of women rights.
    What is your thougts about the third world country’s women today.

    2)Are the stories you write from real life ? (I want this information especially for Sparks Like Stars as it is the book of the month)

    2)How did you come up with the story? Just a little summary behind the scenes if possible.

    3)In the book you use terms or cities of Turkey. Such as İstanbul. You talk about Hagia Sofia, Mevlana…
    Have you been to İstanbul or any other city in Turkey. If not do you have any plan?

    I would really appreciete if you could give a little more information about Sparks Like a Star as there is limited ones in Turkish.

    Hope to meeting you in the future and I wish you all the best with your writing life to introduce us more of your excellent books.

    Yours sincerely

    Deniz Tanır


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