The author and his family fled Afghanistan in the 1970s. Now a doctor in California, he’s written the first novel in English by an Afghan. It offers an intimate account of family and friendship, betrayal and salvation set against the tragic history of modern Afghanistan.


  • Haleh Esfandiari director of the Middle East Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; also author of Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution
  • Akbar Ahmed chair of Islamic studies at American University
  • E. Ethelbert Miller poet; director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Study. And author of the forthcoming book "On Saturdays I Santana With You."

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