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Publisher's Summary

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

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Meaningful!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Lipstick in Afghanistan to be better than the print version?

It's the kind of story that works well as an audible book; easy to follow.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What about Mozhan Marno’s performance did you like?

She was just really good at differentiating between characters and I enjoyed her voice.

Who was the most memorable character of Lipstick in Afghanistan and why?

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.

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  • Julia
  • EVANS, GA, United States
  • 05-28-13

Phenomenal!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Lipstick in Afghanistan to be better than the print version?

I don't know bc I've not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The continuum of voice/perspective of the main character's "coming of age."

Have you listened to any of Mozhan Marno’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't know whether or not I have.

Who was the most memorable character of Lipstick in Afghanistan and why?

Protagonist bc she experienced change.