Under the Persimmon Tree

Under the Persimmon Tree

Book - 2005
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"Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means star, suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are conscripted by the Taliban and her mother and newborn brother are killed in an air raid. An American woman, Elaine, whose Islamic name is Nusrat, is also on her own. She waits out the war in Peshawar, Pakistan, teaching refugee children under the persimmon tree in her garden while her Afghan doctor husband runs a clinic in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. Najmah's father had always assured her that the stars would take care of her, just as Nusrat's husband had promised that they would tell Nusrat where he was and that he was safe. As the two look to the skies for answers, their fates entwine. Najmah, seeking refuge and hoping to find her father and brother, begins the perilous journey through the mountains to cross the border into Pakistan. And Nusrat's persimmon-tree school awaits Najmah's arrival. Together, they both seek their way home."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312377762
Call Number: STAPLES
Characteristics: 275 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Historical fiction.
Peshawar (Pakistan) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Afghanistan -- History -- 2001- -- Fiction.
Refugees -- Fiction.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Fiction.


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ChristchurchLib Jul 02, 2013

"Alternating between the stories of Najmah, a 12-year-old Afghan girl, and Nusrat, a young American woman, this powerful, poignant novel depicts the emotional cost of the war in Afghanistan. Nusrat longs for the return of her husband, Faiz, who left to open a medical clinic in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Najmah, whose mother and baby brother were killed by American bombs, desperately searches for her father and older brother, who were forced to fight for the Taliban. When Najmah and Nusrat meet at a refugee camp in Pakistan, they forge a friendship that reveals the heartbreak and hope of surviving the devastation of war." July 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=650588

Jun 09, 2012

This is a touching story. It's really sad, but the good part is that Najmah and Nusrat eventually get on with their lives and try to focus on good things that happened instead of the bad thing. Captivating story.


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Jun 09, 2012

"In the half hour they spent together on that still-rainy Saturday before each of them went their separate ways to work, Elaine discovered that (1) Faiz was Persian–he had grown up in Afghanistan; (2) he was a physician at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital; (3) love at first sight was not the ridiculous romantic notion she'd always thought it to be."


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