When the Moon Is Low: A Novel

When the Moon Is Low: A Novel

by Nadia Hashimi


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Mahmoud's passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she's ever known. But their happy, middle-class world—a life of education, work, and comfort—implodes when their country is engulfed in war, and the Taliban rises to power.

Mahmoud, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister's family in England. With forged papers and help from kind strangers they meet along the way, Fereiba make a dangerous crossing into Iran under cover of darkness. Exhausted and brokenhearted but undefeated, Fereiba manages to smuggle them as far as Greece. But in a busy market square, their fate takes a frightening turn when her teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the rest of the family.

Faced with an impossible choice, Fereiba pushes on with her daughter and baby, while Saleem falls into the shadowy underground network of undocumented Afghans who haunt the streets of Europe's capitals. Across the continent Fereiba and Saleem struggle to reunite, and ultimately find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062369611
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 246,778
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nadia Hashimi is an Afghan American pediatrician living in suburban Washington, D.C. She is the author of the international bestseller The Pearl That Broke Its Shell.

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When the Moon is Low 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story of immigration. My heart is more open to the immigrants and their struggle because of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I loved this book and could not put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is accually the best story I have ever read on here. I have no complaints or suggestions at all. This is just too good. 10/10 dude!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, a story of courage and perservance. I didn't want it to end. Reminded me of great books like Kite Runner and Enrique's Journey. This story will stay with me a long time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gained great empathy for immigrants, but felt the ending was too abrupt. Beautiful deescription and rich character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished When the Moon is Low over a busy weekend. I could not put this beautifully crafted book down as I had to know what happened next. The novel was likely written to showcase the plight of the middle eastern refugees but the Wazini's perilous journey is the canvas of this family's story. A must read.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I enjoyed the book but it didn't keep me intensely interested. I could put it down and pick it up a month later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annoying story, makes me cringe
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nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
Fereiba grows up a young woman of Afghanistan. She never knew her mother, who died during her birth, but was left in the care of a loving father who quickly remarried to give his children a mother to care for them. Her step-mother Kokogul cares for her husband's children and is even kind or praising at times, but there is little she does that isn't self-motivated. She's always looking out for her own best interests, or those of her own biological children. Fereiba is surrounded by a cloud of death. With the loss of her mother, she is viewed as cursed and her community keeps her at arm's length. Fereiba finds solace in her father's orchards, which is where she meets the neighbor boy Hamoud. With the orchard wall separating them and unable to lay eyes on one another, a young love affair blooms through their words. But as always is in Fereiba's life, tragedy strikes and love is taken from her. But Fereiba eventually rediscovers love with Mahmood, an engineer. Together they grow a deep and tender connection, and a strong foundation for their growing family, all while their world is changing. The Taliban has been taking hold in Afghanistan, offering stability and security to a people who have been ravaged by war for so long. As the Taliban takes control, both men and women begin to bend under their strict laws. Fereiba must cover herself in public, she is forced to give up her job and cannot go out in public alone, and young girls may no longer attend school. Then tragedy strikes once again as Fereiba loses her beloved Mahmood, and makes the decision to escape Afghanistan in an attempt to save her children and herself. And so begins their long journey to England. I really liked this story. Your heart yearns for Fereiba to find love and security, and later as they desperately seek to find that in England, you find yourself yearning the same for her eldest child-- her son Saleem. My final word: I really enjoyed this book. The characters are rich and the author's writing is effortless and beautiful and moving. It is fascinating to watch the world around Fereiba change as the Taliban gains a foothold. She goes from an educated young girl with the world in front of her to a woman hidden from that same world behind fabric and walls. But despite such hardships and tragedies in her life, she is a woman full of love and determination, driven to find safety and opportunity for her children. If you love books that allow you to explore other cultures, if you would like to see how Afghanistan used to be compared to what it has become, if you want to better understand why the Afghanistan people are some of the most loved in the world (known for their hospitality and generosity), this one is for you. Just lovely! 4.5 stars
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
Oh I loved this book and strongly recommend. It's a sad but also inspirational story. The power of a Mother is admirable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago