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In my father's country : an Afgan woman defies her fate, Saima Wahab

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In my father's country : an Afgan woman defies her fate
Title
In my father's country
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an Afgan woman defies her fate
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Saima Wahab
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In my fathers country
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an Afghan woman defies her fate
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eng
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Amelia Bloomer List, 2013
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Wahab's father welcomed her into the world with fanfare typically accorded the birth of a son—gunshots into the Afghan sky. Though his friends chastised him for celebrating a daughter in such a way, Wahab's father insisted his daughter would "do more for her people than one hundred sons combined." Three years later, in 1979, he was captured by the KGB for speaking out against Soviet involvement in Afghanistan. He never returned. After being shuffled to the care of her progressive grandfather, Wahab eventually wound up with her uncle in Portland, Oreg. Though she completed high school in only three years, Wahab could no longer abide her uncle's strict enforcement of Pashtun gender-biased codes of conduct, so she moved out. After college, determined to live up to her father's hopes, Wahab became an interpreter for American forces in Afghanistan. As one of the military's few speakers of Pashtu—a complex and heavily-coded language—Wahab became a spokesperson for her culture, educating her colleagues and helping them to establish relationships with her fellow Pashtun people. In vibrant but understated prose, Wahab vividly portrays a misunderstood culture, as well as the tense life on military bases where everyone must wear body armor and carry a weapon. While fighting to build a bridge of understanding between her "native and adoptive nations," Wahab admirably wages a more universal war—for gender equality, human rights, and peace. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 19, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 12, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for IN MY FATHER&#39 and S COUNTRY)An extraordinary journey by a Pashtun refugee in America who was able to return gracefully back to Kabul. At age five, in 1979, Wahab began her life on the run after her father was taken from their Kabul home by KGB agents during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. At the mercy of male relatives, Wahab, her two siblings and mother were sent to live with Baba, the grandfather, first in Ghazni Province, then in Peshawar, Pakistan. Out of guilt, kindness or a promise to her father, Baba allowed Wahab to attend school, even though she was the only girl in her class and was already getting marriage proposals at age nine. At age 15, the three siblings were sent to Portland, Ore., to live with their professor uncle, who bestowed on them an American education but insisted on traditional sexist double standards at home, which eventually enraged the strong-willed teenager. After college, she finally moved out of the close-knit family when she'd had enough of being considered "dishonorable and dirty" for craving a life of her own. Being outspoken was a liability for a traditional Pashtun woman, and while she never lacked for American suitors, it invited loneliness. As a rare speaker of both English and Pashto, she was hired by the U.S. military in 2004 to help coordinate efforts in Afghanistan. She was sent to work among refugees and local leaders, and the bulk of her detailed, lively memoir delineates the stress and emotional toil she endured. A carefully wrought work that allows a rare look inside Pashtun culture.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2012)
Biography type
autobiography
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10089970
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Wahab, Saima
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  • 958.104/7092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS371.43.W35
LC item number
A4 2012
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Wahab, Saima
  • Postwar reconstruction
  • Women translators
  • Afghan American women
  • Afghanistan
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an Afghan woman defies her fate
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In my father's country : an Afgan woman defies her fate, Saima Wahab
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25 cm
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First edition.
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346 pages
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9780307884947
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2011039456
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In my father's country : an Afgan woman defies her fate, Saima Wahab
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25 cm
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First edition.
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346 pages
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9780307884947
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2011039456
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