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When the Moon Is Low

A Novel

by Nadia Hashimi

When the Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi X
When the Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi
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    Jul 2015, 400 pages

    Apr 2016, 384 pages


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  • Florence K. (Northridge, CA)
    When the Moon Is Low
    Love, death, birth, chaos in a rocket-ravaged Kabul, and the fortunes of a family emigrating from the turmoil of Afghanistan are the themes of this "in the moment" book. It is also a coming-of-age story as a young man separated from his family tries desperately to rejoin them; the obstacles he encounters are many.

    I found the book intriguing and difficult to put down. Inasmuch as some important issues remained unresolved, a sequel to WHEN THE MOON IS LOW would make for more enticing reading.
  • Patricia S. (Trevett, ME)
    Flight from the Taliban
    This book chronicling a family's flight from Afghanistan to London is fraught with many perils, but is different from the stories headlining our daily newspapers. The journey is led by Fereiba, mother of 3 children, one of whom was recently born and very ill, after her husband Mahmood was taken away by the Taliban, a woman strong beyond belief. We read and see photos of male migrants crossing the seas by boat, going from country to country and riding the Chunnel from Calais, but no story like Fereiba's can hold you captive like When the Moon is Low. The story builds in intensity as Fereiba and family face one obstacle after another, and it's hard to put the book down. It's even harder to think that this is happening over and over each day as the Taliban and Isis crack down on life in the Mideast. Women are allowed no freedom, yet Fereiba took it upon herself to make sure her family could enjoy a safe life in the future. A love story-- and as the author wrote "love grows wildest in gardens of hardship". Everyone should be reading this book.
  • Barbara R. (Fort Myers, FL)
    When the Moon is Low
    I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. It is an interesting look at Kabul, Afghanistan and the people who lived there when the Taliban took over. It is the story of a woman and her family of three children, one a baby. Her husband was killed, she was left destitute. It is their journey of trying to find a better life. They go though many trials while making their way from Kabul to London. Very interesting look at people in other countries
  • Laurie F. (Brookline, MA)
    An Engrossing Story of Survival
    When the Moon is Low is one of those books where you lose track of time and become totally engrossed a family's journey from the the terrors of the Taliban in Afghanistan to eventual reunion with family in England. But the journey is difficult as they are either cared for or persecuted by those they meet along the way. The read is a roller coaster of emotions as Nadia Hashimi teases us with their safety and then their near tragedies through out the escape from their homeland. Fabulous story!
  • Alyce T. (San Antonio, TX)
    When the Moon is Low
    Nadia Hashimi has successfully transformed the reader into an undocumented refugee. The reader is a family member traveling through alien countries with different cultures meeting good and evil people along the way. One constantly finds oneself debating what is the best course of action in each situation. The characters are well developed and you feel personally involved with their decisions. The descriptions of the countries and the cultures are vivid and you easily relate to them.It is a hard book to put down and moves fluidly.
  • Loren B. (Appleton, WI)
    Hopeful against great odds
    As soon as I received this book I started reading and couldn't put it down. The characters felt so alive to me that at times it was hard to go on because what they were going through was so immediate and real. Depressing, yet hopeful in the face of great odds is how I would describe this wonderful book. Highly recommended.
  • Beth W. (Marietta, GA)
    Left in limbo
    The main focus of this novel is the flight of Fereiba and her three children from Afghanistan to England. However, along the way, her teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the rest of the family. So begins his coming of age story. The plight of refugees of all ages and nationalities is laid bare, and we see both the humanity and inhumanity of man. My biggest criticism was the ending, which left me worrying about the fates of the family and some of those we met along the way. A good read and timely discussion topic for book clubs.
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