Nomination: In My Father’s Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate

Wahab, Saima. In My Father’s Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate. 2012. 352p. Crown, $25.00 (978-0307884947). Gr.9-up.

After her father was kidnapped by the KGB, Saima and her family fled to Pakistan. Saima and her brothers and sisters escape the political strife and gender oppression, immigrating to the US as teens. However, things aren’t initially easy because Saima struggles to reconcile her Afghan identity with her budding American one. As an adult, Saima ventures back to Afghanistan, working as an interpreter for the US military. There, Saima assesses her role as an outsider, and analyzes the ways in which women function in Afghan society. A fascinating perspective on Afghan customs with a  provocative analysis of gender issues.

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