Booklist calls this powerful debut by Roberta Gately an “utterly engrossing read.”
In the months after 9/11, Boston nurse Elsa Murphy volunteers to go to Afghanistan to work in a small clinic. Although her new surroundings take some adjusting to, Elsa soon finds friendship with a young Afghani woman and potential romance with a U.S. soldier. But Elsa’s newfound happiness is threatened when Taliban forces move in.
©2010 Roberta Gately (P)2011 Recorded Books
It's the kind of story that works well as an audible book; easy to follow.
It is based on the author's experiences in a war-torn country, and thus feels gritty and real. The story reveals the SAMENESS of people, especially women, everywhere.
She was just really good at differentiating between characters and I enjoyed her voice.
It's been a couple of months - the Afghan woman who was best friend to the American protagonist was my favorite. Full of fire and determination and love for life, even in circumstances that would emotionally cripple most people.
I don't know bc I've not read the print version.
The continuum of voice/perspective of the main character's "coming of age."
I don't know whether or not I have.
Protagonist bc she experienced change.
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