The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

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Long-listed for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, a lyrical novel set over the course of one morning in a small town in Pakistan. Fatima Bhutto's stunning debut novel chronicles the lives of five young people trying to live and love in a world on fire. Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, it begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan's Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Three hours later their day will end in devastating circumstances.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9781594205606
Characteristics: 231 pages ;,22 cm.


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Aug 06, 2018

This is a very confused book set in northern tribal Pakistan during the American invasion of Afghanistan. It is never very clear what exactly the characters are fighting for or against nor why terrorism is seen as a legitimate means to their ends.

Dec 10, 2015

Very well written. Creates a fascinating and understandable insight into a family's culture so far removed from our own safe environment. Members of the same family have different points of view and seek solutions in often opposing ways.
I thoroughly recommend reading this book.

Jun 16, 2015

The bar is very high for books set in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and this one doesn't make it. Still, the author bears watching, as she seems to have potential.

athompson10 May 17, 2015

Quite beautifully written but I didn't like the inconclusive ending.

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