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This month, we travel to Afghanistan through the lens of Nadia Hashimi’s novel, A House Without Windows, with host Beenish Ahmed, founder of The Alignist book club and subscription service. The novel looks at women in this traditional culture through the eyes of a woman who is jailed after her husband is brutally murdered and she can offer no alibi. As she awaits trial, she learns the stories of the women who are behind bars with her and discovers a unique sisterhood with them.
We will talk to Nadia Hashimi as well as Amy Waldman, who covered the beginning the war in Afghanistan in 2001 for the New York Times. Her latest novel, A Door in the Earth, explores the complex relationship between the US and Afghanistan. Additional guests will be announced soon.
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Amy Waldman is the author of A Door in the Earth, “a story that doesn’t shrink from moral ambiguity and difficult questions” (New York Times). Her first novel, The Submission, was a national bestseller, a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist, and the #1 Book of the Year for Entertainment Weekly and Esquire. A former bureau chief for The New York Times and national correspondent for The Atlantic as well as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and the American Academy in Berlin, she lives with her family in Brooklyn.