After raving about The Pearl That Broke Its Shell last week, I reached out to author Nadia Hashimi to share what’s on her nightstand. It also turns out that she lives in the same state as I do. What a small world the internet can be, especially for us book nerds! Did you know that Nadia is a pediatrician by day? Multi-passionate people unite!
My nightstand is a very real source for inspiration, information and procrastination.
I’m currently reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior. She creates magic with words and I love the way she gives her characters such depth that you feel like you can reach out and touch them.
I’ve also started Nushin Arbabzadah’s Afghan Rumour Bazaar. It’s an irreverent look at Afghan society and the nuances that color our culture. It’s always helpful for me to read how other Afghans have interpreted the history that created our identity. She has a unique voice and does not shy from any matter in her book.
I keep a copy of my own book on my nightstand as well as motivation while I work hard on finishing my final round of revisions on my second story.
My debut novel, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, is a fictional tale of two Afghan women who live a century apart. They are linked by blood and by a life that pushes them to dress as a male if they want a chance at survival. It’s my way of exploring the implications of gender and war on Afghan girls and women and I’ve been so thrilled and humbled to hear the discussions it has stimulated.