As an equal opportunity blog, I have to also touch upon the men in the lives of these women. They deserve their space as well. The thing that amazed me most about this story was not the tenacity of the women in saving their families, women do that every day, although usually under more favorable circumstances. What really struck me was the support these women received from the men around them - even, eventually, from the Taliban itself.
The only 'culture shock' I suffered was in considering the actions of Kamila's parents. I felt myself wanting to judge their actions during this unreal time. It took some work to convince me that, as much as I can read and understand the words, I have no real understanding of life in Afghanistan during Taliban rule. These people understood the system and what they needed to do to survive. The parents survived, the brothers survived, the sisters, against all odds, not only survived, they thrived. And the story of how they did it makes for one of the most inspirational, feel good books I have read in a long time.
Can chick lit be non-fiction?? Let's check the list:
- fiction that, often humourously, explores issues of modern womanhood (whatever they are) There is not a lot of humour in the story but many 'have to smile', heartwarming moments. As for the issues issue: it is non-fiction so I would say there is no question
- features young adult women who are primarily career driven Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the women in this book is how young they really are. Many of them are not yet out of their teens. Most of the others are barely out of their teens. Career driven? They had to create a career that would sustain their families and could be done without the women ever being seen working. Or in public alone. Or in public without being covered from head to toe.
- follows protagonists that are addicted to shopping and how they look Shopping is featured prominently in Kamila's story - but she's not the one buying (A little cryptic - read the book)
- may or may not include a romantic plot line There is no romantic love plot line
- written by women for women Yes - but I wish men would read it. It would give them a whole new appreciation for the women in their lives.
- 'post-feminist' (any ideas on what that might be??) sure?