The Afghan Wife

by Cindy Davies

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Love, revolution, political turmoil, and an exotic setting -- 'The Afghan Wife' has all of these.

During the volatile times that followed the Iranian revolution in 1979, Zahra, her husband and son are forced to leave their homeland of Afghanistan with her revolutionary activist cousin, Firzun. Zahra's life becomes embroiled with Firzun's, as her cousin joins the violent opposition to the new regime in Iran. Complexities increase as she again meets Karim, a man she's loved since she was a teenager. As the political turmoil unfolds, Zahra must choose between love and family loyalty.

If you enjoyed reading 'The Bookseller of Kabul' by Asne Seirestad and 'The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul' by Deborah Rodriguez, you'll love 'The Afghan Wife'. As the novel is set mostly in Tehran, you will find that Iranian writer Kooshah Karimi's books 'I Confess' and 'Leila's Secret' also give you some background. 'The Afghan Wife' is a book full of tension and drama with a plot that accelerates to a terrifying end and the resolution of Zahra's dilemma.