I am nearly finished with my current read, When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi. There have been moments I am on the edge of my seat or on the verge of tears. It is a beautiful book so far. This is the story of Fereiba and her children as they leave behind the only home they know in Afghanistan in search of safety and a better life elsewhere after the Taliban murders her husband and the father of her children.
Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book they are reading or thinking about reading soon. It is also where I share my first impressions about the book I am sharing.
Though I love to see my children resting soundly, in the quiet of their slumber my uneasy mind retraces our journey. How did I come to be here, with two of my three children curled on the bristly bedspread of a hotel room? So far from home, so far from voices I recognize. (from the Prologue)and
My fate was sealed in blood on the day of my birth. As I struggled to enter the twisted world, my mother resigned it, taking with her my chances of being a true daughter. The midwife sliced through the cord and released my mother from any further obligation to me. Her body paled while mine pinked; her breaths ceased as I learned to cry. I was cleaned off, wrapped in a blanket, and brought out to meet my father, now a widower thanks to me. He fell to his knees, the color leached from his face. Padar-jan told me himself that it was three days before he could bring himself to hold the daughter who had taken his wife. I wish I couldn't imagine what thoughts had crossed his mind, but I can. I 'm fairly certain that had he been given the choice, he would have chosen my mother over me. (first paragraph of Chapter 1)
Every Tuesday, Jenn from Books And A Beat hosts Teaser Tuesdays at which time participants grab their current read, open to a random page, and share two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page while avoiding any spoilers.
Teaser from page 16% of When the Moon is Low:
"You're not invisible. I can close my eyes and picture you. I can be alone and hear your voice. You're anything but invisible."
at 33%:What do you think? Would you keep reading?
It was easier to walk in the day but harder to look at the children. Their eyes were heavy, their feet blistered and bleeding, and their lips parched.and and at 35%:
Fate will make things right in the end, though only after the work has been done, the tears have been shed and the sleepless nights have been endured.
I wanted to believe him.
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