Letters to My Daughters

Letters to My Daughters

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In the vein of Infidel comes this spellbinding memoir of survival and courage from Afghanistan’s most popular female politician.

On the day Fawzia Koofi was born, her mother set her under the blazing Afghan sun to die. She was the nineteenth child of twenty-three in a family with seven wives, and her mother did not want another daughter. Despite severe burns that lasted into her teenage years, Fawzia survived and became the favourite child.

In Letters to My Daughters, Fawzia tells her remarkable life story. Fawzia’s father was an incorruptible politician strongly attached to Afghan tradition. When he was murdered by the mujahedeen, Fawzia’s illiterate mother decided to send the ten-year-old girl to school, and as the civil war raged, Fawzia dodged bullets and snipers to attend class, determined to be the first person in her family to receive an education.

She went on to marry a man she loved, and they had two cherished daughters, Shohra and Shaharzad. Tragically, the arrival of the Taliban spelled an end to her freedom. Outraged and deeply saddened by the injustice she saw around her, and by the tainting of her Islamic faith, Fawzia discovered politics herself.


ISBN: 9781553658771
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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readabookHunter
Jun 17, 2014

A must read book, from an amazingly brave woman Fawzia Koofi.

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Maberly
Oct 16, 2013

After reading the book you will look at Afghan men differently. How can they treat other humans this way.

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Mogan
Sep 04, 2013

Certainly, this book ranks in the top five books I have read, for societal importance. Happened upon it as I was leaving the library and felt drawn to it. I am so glad I did. I have a deeper understanding of the women of the Middle East and an awestruck respect for the author, specifically. An amazing book. A must-read for all women.

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VRMurphy
Aug 19, 2013

You should read this book if: you are interested in other cultures; you are a woman; you are curious about Afghanistan; you wonder whether international aid and/or opinion makes a difference; you want inspiration about what one person or one family can do.

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ralphdyer
Mar 18, 2013

A good book documenting the author's challenges growing up as a female in Afghanistan. Also provides a good overview of political history and conflict in Afghanistan since the 1970's. It helps to put some context to many of the items that come across the news media about that country. It is difficult to believe and understand the challenges that women and people in general face in countries such as Afghanistan and it is somewhat disheartening in some ways to consider that this occurs in this day and age and elsewhere in the world. However, the book also emphasizes many of the positives of the culture and history of Afghanistan.

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erinroberts37
Nov 24, 2011

Excellent novel. A biography of a very inspirational, brave and intelligent Afghani woman. Every woman should read this book!

Barbarajean Jul 08, 2011

This book is a must read for all those interested in current conditions in Afghanistan, and its future prospects. Fawzia is running for president in 2014, so perhaps the future does hold good things for Afghanistan, and this incredibly brave woman.

debwalker Jun 01, 2011

Just saw Koofi being interviewed on breakfast TV. Incredible courage - lives with constant death threats as she tries to improve women's lives in Afghanistan.

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