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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe | [Gayle Tzemach Lemmon]

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war - a rare achievement for any Afghan woman - Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.
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The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war - a rare achievement for any Afghan woman - Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC Newsreporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation.

Afghanistan's future remains uncertain as debates over withdrawal timelines dominate the news. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana moves beyond the headlines to transport you to an Afghanistan you have never seen before. This is a story of war, but it is also a story of sisterhood and resilience in the face of despair. Kamila Sidiqi's journey will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about one of the most important political and humanitarian issues of our time.

©2011 Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    valerie newport news, VA, United States 07-26-12
    valerie newport news, VA, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I am an avid reader! Now I guess an avid Listener. I am addicted to Audible, and love how it keeps me focused when I am trying to get my work done. I am also a really fun kids entertainer... some Adults too!

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    "The injustice of the Taliban"

    Very good story about this family and how they adjust to the reign of the Taliban in their once very civilized society. It just makes me sick to learn about the idiotic thought process of the Taliban

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    Julie Macomb, MI, United States 05-23-12
    Julie Macomb, MI, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2010

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    "The Women of Afghanistan are Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a wonderful real life tale. The women portrayed in this were amazing and the author and narrator keep you engaged through out. I felt the fear and the betrayal of a country turned against it's own citizens, but also an appreciation of why events unfolded the way they did. It helped me understand what it felt like to have the taliban take over your neighborhood and the women shut into their homes, only to find a way to keep themselves occupied as well as make a living in such an environment! This really is a must listen to for anyone interested in women in Afghanistan and their survival and strength. I was in awe.


    What other book might you compare The Dressmaker of Khair Khana to and why?

    The Kite Runner


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Taliban regime had just taken over and how it affected the women.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had many "drive way" moments where I couldn't get out of my car because I wanted to listen to the end of a chapter.


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    Alana Mardi, Australia 03-28-12
    Alana Mardi, Australia 03-28-12
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dressmaker of Khair Khana the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy hearing about the life these girls had to lead and how they found a way to live withing the endless rules that had been placed on them...it was good to hear triumph over the odds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kamila, the way she approaches things and deals with what comes to her is wonderful.


    What does Sarah Zimmerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I find the readers voice entrancing and she keeps you focused on the story and you want to hear more.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried through the book, the girls had their moments but the descriptions of what happed to some was heartbreaking for me and unlike who told the story I wasn't there so imagine how they felt.


    Any additional comments?

    It is well worth a listen I found the whole thing uplifting so now if I think I am having a tough time I just remember what they lived through and I can see I am not really doing it tough.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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