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The Broken Circle

A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan
Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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An emotional and sweeping memoir of love and survival - and of a committed and desperate family uprooted and divided by the violent, changing landscape of Afghanistan in the early 1980s.

Before the Soviet invasion of 1980, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home - Kabul, Afghanistan - as peaceful, prosperous, and filled with people from all walks of life. But after her mother, unsettled by growing political unrest, leaves for medical treatment in India, the civil war intensifies, changing young Enjeela’s life forever. Amid the rumble of invading Soviet tanks, Enjeela and her family are thrust into chaos and fear when it becomes clear that her mother will not be coming home. 

Thus begins an epic, reckless, and terrifying five-year journey of escape for Enjeela, her siblings, and their father to reconnect with her mother. In navigating the dangers ahead of them, and in looking back at the wilderness of her homeland, Enjeela discovers the spiritual and physical strength to find hope in the most desperate of circumstances. 

A heart-stopping memoir of a girl shaken by the brutalities of war and empowered by the will to survive, The Broken Circle brilliantly illustrates that family is not defined by the borders of a country but by the bonds of the heart.

©2019 Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Poems by Hafiz translated into English by the author.

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“Full of vivid detail and emotion, this compelling memoir captures the ache of a young child desperate for safety and security.” (Kirkus Reviews)  

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  • Diamondhead, MS, United States
  • 03-13-19

Great!

Couldn’t put it down, the story is fascinating and very easy to follow. Enjeela’s adventures were believable and difficult for a young girl and her family in the midst of political upheaval.

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Disappointed with the end

It is an interesting story about her escape from Afghanistan. The family dynamics are dealt with very superficially, which left me feeling dissatisfied with the ending.

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