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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

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Breckenridge Public Library HAS (Text) 33500013370408 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library HAS (Text) 33500013370416 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780063008281
  • ISBN: 0063008289
  • ISBN: 9780063057166
  • ISBN: 0063057166
  • Physical Description: 454 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

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An Afghan American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives in this brilliant and compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, The House Without Windows, and When the Moon Is Low. Kabul, 1978: The daughter of a prominent family, Sitara Zalmani lives a privileged life in Afghanistan's thriving cosmopolitan capital. The 1970s are a time of remarkable promise under the leadership of people like Sardar Daoud, Afghanistan's progressive president, and Sitara's beloved father, his right-hand man. But the ten-year-old Sitara's world is shattered when communists stage a coup, assassinating the president and Sitara's entire family. Only she survives. Smuggled out of the palace by a guard named Shair, Sitara finds her way to the home of a female American diplomat, who adopts her and raises her in America. In her new country, Sitara takes on a new name--Aryana Shepherd--and throws herself into her studies, eventually becoming a renowned surgeon. A survivor, Aryana has refused to look back, choosing instead to bury the trauma and devastating loss she endured. New York, 2018: Forty years after that fatal night in Kabul, Aryana's world is rocked again when an elderly patient appears in her examination room--a man she never expected to see again. It is Shair, the soldier who saved her, yet may have murdered her entire family. Seeing him awakens Aryana's fury and desire for answers--and, perhaps, revenge. Realizing that she cannot go on without finding the truth, Aryana embarks on a quest that takes her back to Kabul--a battleground between the corrupt government and the fundamentalist Taliban--and through shadowy memories of the world she loved and lost. Bold, illuminating, heartbreaking, yet hopeful, Sparks Like Stars is a story of home--of America and Afghanistan, tragedy and survival, reinvention and remembrance, told in Nadia Hashimi's singular voice.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #1
    In Afghanistan in 1978, 10-year-old Sitara spends as much time at the royal palace as she does at home thanks to her father's role as an advisor to the president. Sitara's happy world is abruptly destroyed one night in April when dissidents storm the palace and execute the president and his family, along with Sitara's parents and younger brother. A guard saves Sitara from certain death, first bringing her to his home and then foisting her on an American diplomat named Antonia Shepherd. Antonia and her mother, Tilly, protect Sitara and plan to get her out of Afghanistan by using the identity of her older sister, Aryana, who was born in the United States and died as a baby. After several unexpected twists, Antonia ends up raising Sitara and providing her with stability and love so that she can put the trauma of her childhood behind her—until three decades later, when Sitara, now a successful oncologist, comes face-to-face with a figure from her past. Hashimi's latest novel for adults, following A House without Windows (2016), is both thrilling and moving. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Women > Afghanistan > Fiction.
Survival > Fiction.
Women surgeons > Fiction.
Kabul (Afghanistan) > Fiction.
Afghanistan > Fiction.
Afghanistan > History > Saur Revolution, 1978 > Fiction.
Genre: Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Novels.

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