When the Moon Is Low

When the Moon Is Low

Book - 2015
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Mahmoud's passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she's ever known. But their happy, middle-class world--a life of education, work, and comfort--implodes when their country is engulfed in war, and the Taliban rises to power.

Mahmoud, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister's family in England. With forged papers and help from kind strangers they meet along the way, Fereiba make a dangerous crossing into Iran under cover of darkness. Exhausted and brokenhearted but undefeated, Fereiba manages to smuggle them as far as Greece. But in a busy market square, their fate takes a frightening turn when her teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the rest of the family.

Faced with an impossible choice, Fereiba pushes on with her daughter and baby, while Saleem falls into the shadowy underground network of undocumented Afghans who haunt the streets of Europe's capitals. Across the continent Fereiba and Saleem struggle to reunite, and ultimately find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062369574
Branch Call Number: FIC HAS
Characteristics: 384 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Jan 09, 2019

Its an insight of hardship and struggle of educated people who live in warzone and seek a better life by making a big move to another country.

Aug 23, 2018

This was an emotional and suspenseful read.

The story starts off with Fereiba's childhood and how she struggled to make her way in her new family and then later in life when she has to whisk her 3 children out of an increasing Taliban controlled country and to London, England where her family is. The struggles they increasingly face as the political climate in their country became unbearable and intense. You secretly root for them to succeed their long and difficult journey and then the heart pounding moment when the family get separated from each other..... will they be reunited?!

This book gives us a glimpse of what Afghanistan may have been like for some people before and during the Taliban rule. This was definitely an absorbing and good read, highly recommend.

Kristin Gianna Iorio Feb 26, 2018

If this book were required reading, I think a lot more people would have some much-needed compassion for refugees fleeing violence in their countries of origin.

It is a beautiful novel and will touch anyone with a beating heart.

Apr 13, 2017

Another book that relates the almost-impossible odds of obtaining freedom. Absorbing, captivating and draws one into the world of refugees. Well worth reading.

Dec 17, 2016

Good story though hard not to read into what she says about her stepmother - wasn't mean/cruel when actions show otherwise (straight out of Cinderella if you ask me), plus questions about husband lingers as in: why did Taliban take him away; more than random rounding up of male residents that is, not to mention "plans" for family to lv ultimately.

Nov 19, 2016

One can only imagine what people are going through to secure bright and safe future for their families. Very interesting and an amazing knowledge by the author of what it takes to do that.

Jun 27, 2016

I enjoyed traveling with this family. The use of two narrators allowed the reader to get a broader view of what's going on. Unfortunately it started to drag around halfway through.

zahra88 Jan 01, 2016

This was an amazing book!!
It was beautifully written and had a powerful message.
Highly recommend!

Nov 09, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. I thought is was beautifully written. I wish Saleem's chapters were in first person like Fereiba's, but really nicely written. Wonderful story.

Sep 23, 2015

This is an excellent book. It personalizes the struggle of the migrants from Afghanistan first from a woman's perspective and later chapters from her young adolescent son's view. Painful but well written.

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Jun 09, 2016

i felt like i was traveling with them,beautifull book,amazing story.

Aug 01, 2015

Freeiba, do you know what is the most beautiful word for spouse is in our language ?
what is it ?
Hamsar. think of it. " Of the same mind" That's what we are isn't it?

Aug 01, 2015

"love grows wildest in the garden of hard ship."

Aug 01, 2015

"In the valley of the blind the one eyed man is king."

Aug 01, 2015

"But love can grow even in a place where there is hardly air to breathe."

Aug 01, 2015

"the longer we waited the heavier our feet would become."

Aug 01, 2015

"grudges dont die people die."

Aug 01, 2015

"even the oldest sandals are a blessing in the desert."

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