Young Fawad and his mother Mariya are all that are left of their family as both they and Afganistan recover from Taliban rule. When Mariya is offered a housekeeping position, they both move in with a motley "family" of westerners in Kabul: sweet Georgie, a British woman whose Afghan occupation is "combing goats"; James, a journalist fond of drink and women; and May, an American engineer. When he isn't in school or running errands for the neighborhood shopkeeper, Fawad spends his free time observing, studying these three new friends. Attempting to reconcile their unfamiliar habits and philosophies with his own world is not easy, but his life has certainly become more interesting!
At once a charming and heartbreaking, but also hopeful, story. By the middle of the book, Fawad and his mother felt like treasured friends to this reader. As other reviewers have mentioned, the ending is a bit pat and not a little disturbing.
Great book.Readers really get to see everything through Fawad`s eyes. Andrea Busfield has the potential of Rohin Mistry and other great authors
In this novel East meets West, as little Fawad goes to live in a British household. I enjoyed the shock of cultures, Fawad's impressions and reactions, the details in relationships between men and women, foreigners and locals. I found difficult the dissonance in the book: oftentimes it is told through the eyes of a ten year-old, but sometimes the author (a journalist) cannot help but intervene and give a political and historical account of Afghan events, and other times yet, the love story between Georgie and Khalid seems to mature and complicated to be understood by a boy, however mature he might be. I found those sequences jarring in an otherwise well written and thoughtful book. Although I might warn potential reader, that the ending is very corny - too bad because the mix of drama, hope, laughter and terror is well balanced all throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it in just a few days. Worth recommending
One of the best books that I've read in years, absolutely charming and very very well written.
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