Sparks Like Stars: A Novel
Sitara Zamani was only ten years old when the progressive Afghan government was overthrown by communists. Her entire family was murdered, while Sitara herself, the only survivor, was adopted by an American diplomat and given a new name (Aryana) and a new life. As an adult, Aryana is a respected surgeon with a successful life, and she does her utmost to never think about the trauma of her childhood. But then she unexpectedly encounters the palace guard who saved her life all those years ago and who may have directly taken the lives of her family. Now Aryana knows she needs to discover what truth she can in order to make peace with her past.
Author Nadia Hashimi’s outstanding novel, Sparks Like Stars, introduces readers to a side of Afghanistan’s past they may have never known existed: a time when progressive leadership made for a promising future. Readers will find wonder in Hashimi’s descriptions of this Afghanistan and sadness in the story she weaves of Sitara/Aryana. This story, told from a first-person perspective, makes it easy to get into the mind and soul of the main character, and Aryana’s quest to uncover the truth behind her own history will keep readers breathlessly turning the pages until they, too, discover what really happened that fateful night.
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