When the Moon Is Low

When the Moon Is Low

Book - 2015
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In Kabul, we meet Fereiba, a schoolteacher who puts her troubled childhood behind her when she finds love in an arranged marriage. But Fereiba's comfortable life implodes when the Taliban rises to power and her family becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime. Forced to flee with her three children, Fereiba has one hope for survival: to seek refuge with her sister's family in London. Traveling with forged papers and depending on the kindness of strangers, Fereiba and the children begin a harrowing journey as refugees. In the shadow world of the undocumented who live on the streets of Europe's cities, their fate takes a frightening turn when Fereiba's teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the rest of the family. Heartbroken Fereiba has no choice but to continue on with only her daughter and baby - but mother and son will cross border after perilous border, risking their lives in the hope of finding a place where they can be reunited.
Publisher: New York, William Morrow,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062411198
Characteristics: 382 pages ; 23 cm.

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Dream24
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.

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.

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Eil_1
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.

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singasong70
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.

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Margush
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.

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Kdolan10
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!

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KellyReader
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.

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katecasserly
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.

athompson10 Sep 01, 2015

Despite the serious topic and the sad, hard journey of the main characters, this book felt a little bit.....light. The writing is average, no better.

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koshti
Jun 09, 2016

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

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values
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?

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values
Aug 01, 2015

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

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values
Aug 01, 2015

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

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values
Aug 01, 2015

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

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values
Aug 01, 2015

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

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values
Aug 01, 2015

"grudges dont die people die."

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values
Aug 01, 2015

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

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