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Sparks Like Stars: A Novel av Nadia Hashimi

Sparks Like Stars: A Novel (utgåvan 2021)

av Nadia Hashimi (Författare)

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Titel:Sparks Like Stars: A Novel
Författare:Nadia Hashimi (Författare)
Info:William Morrow (2021), 464 pages
Samlingar:Fiction and Non Fiction


Sparks Like Stars av Nadia Hashimi


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So, historical fiction is quickly accelerating up the list to become a favorite genre of mine, and this story doesn’t disappoint. Stories set in the Middle East aren’t super common so this has a different feel to it. It starts out in the late ‘70’s, following 10 year old Sitara. Sitara’s father is a prominent advisor to the king, and Sitara lives a beautiful life where she commonly hangs out in the palace, and has access to the best of what Afghanistan has to offer. That all changes one night when a violent coup is carried out by the same military guards that have protected Sitara and her family as well as the king. In the ensuing chaos a lone guard gets Sitara out of the palace, and she ends up in the care of a US government worker and her mother. Knowing her presence in the country won’t be tolerated, they vow to get her to safety in the US. With a new identity, and new country, Sitara is able to flourish, but she is forever haunted by the memory of the family she never sees again. This a compelling page turner, that is beautifully written, both inspiring and heart breaking in the same breath. I was able to breeze right through it since it flows so well. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | Jun 8, 2021 |
A tale of an Afghan woman, Sitara, forced to escape Kabul in the coup of 1978, and adopted by an American diplomat and unlikely mother. She is brutally and violently ripped from the arms of her respectable, comfortable and loving family as a child and spends the next 30 years of her life struggling with overwhelming grief and torment. She is manically driven, her life is her work, there is little room for anything else. As her fragile world starts to unravel, she returns to Kabul, to return a stolen artifact and hopefully answers that will give her some peace.

The first part of this book is particularly harrowing, the young Sitara confusion and bewilderment at her predicament are so well depicted, it is almost unbearable, so have tissues to hand! The details about her young life, her relationships with family members and friends was touching, heart warming and beautifully described.

I particularly loved the character of Tilly, her adoptive mother’s mother, and the instant love and understanding she showed Sitara. There are strong female depictions, formidable and articulate and gentle and loving men, which made the characters feel real and important elements in the story.

I found the second part hard as I had difficulty feeling anything for the main character, maybe the gap of 30 years was too great, so I felt a drift of the character. Sitara as a young girl was intense which I enjoyed but I was very frustrated with the adult Sitara’s reticence and inability to seek help despite her intelligence and profession. ( )
  Matacabras | Apr 13, 2021 |
As I finished the last paragraph of this book, I sighed. I did not want to leave Hashimi’s world. She has the expertise to juxtaposition the horrors of war alongside the gentleness of the Afghan people and leave the reader yearning to provide comfort to those beautiful people.

Sitara Zamani returns to Kabul after decades away. She is determined to find the bodies of her family who were killed in 1978 in a bloody coup. She believes she was the single survivor of that tragic night.

Sitara was smuggled from the palace that night and left at the home of a female American diplomat, who adopts her and raises her in America. Taking on a new name —Aryana Shepherd—she studies hard and eventually becomes a surgeon. She has buried her trauma and grief, refusing to deal with it. Until someone from her past becomes her patient. Now those feelings bubble to the surface, refusing to be pushed down. She knows she must return to Kabul.

An emotional read – I smiled at the childhood scenes of Sitara and her loving family; I felt 10-year-old Sitara’s terror as she quivered in her hiding place, hearing her family assassinated. While this is a story of heartbreak and tragedy, it is also a story of love. The relationship between Aryana and her adoptive mother is truly beautiful.

Perfect for book clubs. So many threads that can be discussed. ( )
  BettyTaylor56 | Mar 2, 2021 |
My mind is reeling, full of thoughts on how can I possibly review a book of this epic scope and do it justice? The answer is I can't. But, I will try.
This masterpiece, based off true events of the 1978 coup in Afghanistan, centers around the daughter of an Afghan Presidential Advisor. At age 10, she witnesses the murder of her entire family during the attack on the Presidential Palace. This novel chronicles the life of that child - Sitara Zamani, her transition into becoming Aryana Shephard, and her search for closure.
Haunting, stunning and a truly incredible story. Nadia Hashimi's dual timeline storytelling is so brilliant, that had I not known otherwise, I would've thought this was an autobiography.
The writing flows beautifully - the history, the landscape, the emotional and physical journey - it all comes together in an extraordinary saga that spans decades and countries. I was so completely swept into this book that I read for hours, losing track of everything around me.
Heartbreaking, thought provoking and absolutely riveting, Sitara's story will linger long after you read the final page.
*Thank you William Morrow Marketing, Nadia Hashimi and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  Penny_L | Feb 26, 2021 |
I absolutely loved this book! It was beautifully written and so moving. Aryana, Tilly and Nia were such strong and well written female characters. I learned a lot about Afghanistan and it's history in the 1970s. I highly recommend this book. Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC. ( )
  susan.h.schofield | Feb 18, 2021 |
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