La Perle et la coquille

Titre : La Perle et la coquille
Auteur : Nadia Hashimi
Éditeur : Milady Littérature
ISBN-13 : 9782820521965
Libération : 2016-06-17

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« Ce magnifique conte familial reflète à merveille les combats des femmes afghanes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. » Khaled Hosseini Kaboul, 2007 : les Talibans font la loi dans les rues. Avec un père toxicomane et sans frère, Rahima et ses sœurs ne peuvent quitter la maison. Leur seul espoir réside dans la tradition des bacha posh, qui permettra à la jeune Rahima de se travestir jusqu’à ce qu’elle soit en âge de se marier. Elle jouit alors d’une liberté qui va la transformer à jamais, comme le fit, un siècle plus tôt, son ancêtre Shekiba. Les destinées de ces deux femmes se font écho, et permettent une exploration captivante de la condition féminine en Afghanistan. « Hashimi entrelace deux histoires tout aussi captivantes l’une que l’autre dans un premier roman envoûtant. » Booklist « À travers ce récit bouleversant, Hashimi donne la parole à celles qui ne l’ont pas. » Kirkus La Perle et la Coquille est lauréat du Prix des Lectrices 2016.

Pourvu que la nuit s ach ve

Titre : Pourvu que la nuit s ach ve
Auteur : Nadia Hashimi
Éditeur : Milady Littérature
ISBN-13 : 9782811233013
Libération : 2017-07-07

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« J’avais imaginé un million de morts pour mon mari : il aurait pu mourir frappé par la foudre. Ça aurait été tellement plus simple pour tout le monde : un éclair tombé du ciel. Mais les orages ne sont jamais là quand on a besoin d’eux. » Lorsqu’on retrouve Zeba, le cadavre de son mari gisant à ses pieds, il paraît évident aux yeux de tous qu’elle l’a tué. Depuis son retour de la guerre, Kamal est devenu un autre homme, alcoolique et violent. Mais cette femme dévouée est-elle vraiment capable d’un tel crime ? Présumée coupable, elle est incarcérée dans la prison pour femmes de Chil Mahtab, laissant derrière elle ses quatre enfants. C’est à Yusuf, revenu des États-Unis pour régler une dette symbolique envers son pays d’origine, que revient la défense de ce cas désespéré. Mais alors que son avocat l’exhorte à parler, Zeba garde obstinément le silence. Qui cherche-t-elle à protéger en acceptant de jouer le rôle du suspect idéal ? Il faudra beaucoup de courage à Yusuf pour faire innocenter celle que tout le monde voit déjà pendue haut et court. « Le portrait saisissant d’une femme d’honneur parmi des hommes qui en sont dépourvus. » Kirkus « Un roman puissant qui se savoure, page après page, sur un monde plongé dans l’obscurantisme. » Book Reporter « Quand vous aurez achevé la lecture de ce livre, n’oubliez pas. Faites quelque chose. » Washington Independent

When the Moon Is Low

Titre : When the Moon Is Low
Auteur : Nadia Hashimi
Éditeur : HarperCollins
ISBN-13 : 9780062369628
Libération : 2015-07-21

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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.

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell

Titre : The Pearl that Broke Its Shell
Auteur : Nadia Hashimi
Éditeur : Harper Collins
ISBN-13 : 9780062244772
Libération : 2014-05-06

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Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters. But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

One Half from the East

Titre : One Half from the East
Auteur : Nadia Hashimi
Éditeur : HarperCollins
ISBN-13 : 9780062421920
Libération : 2016-09-06

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Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia, Thanhha Lai, and Rebecca Stead, internationally bestselling author Nadia Hashimi’s first novel for young readers is a coming-of-age journey set in modern-day Afghanistan that explores life as a bacha posh—a preteen girl dressed as a boy. Obayda’s family is in need of some good fortune, and her aunt has an idea to bring the family luck—dress Obayda, the youngest of four sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh. Life in this in-between place is confusing, but once Obayda meets another bacha posh, everything changes. Their transformation won’t last forever, though—unless the two best friends can figure out a way to make it stick and make their newfound freedoms endure. Nadia Hashimi’s first novel for adults, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, was a bestseller that shares a bacha posh character with One Half from the East.

A House Without Windows

Titre : A House Without Windows
Auteur : Nadia Hashimi
Éditeur : HarperCollins
ISBN-13 : 9780062449665
Libération : 2016-08-16

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A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture—from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low. For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed. As Zeba awaits trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells: thirty-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, who ran away from home with her teenage sister but now stays in the prison because it is safe shelter; and nineteen-year-old Mezhgan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for her lover’s family to ask for her hand in marriage. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, as they have been, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood. Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba’s Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines. A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.

The Vengeance of Mothers

Titre : The Vengeance of Mothers
Auteur : Jim Fergus
Éditeur : St. Martin's Press
ISBN-13 : 9781250093448
Libération : 2017-09-12

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The stunning sequel to the award-winning novel One Thousand White Women. 9 March 1876 My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our People has been destroyed, all our possessions burned, our friends butchered by the soldiers, our baby daughters gone, frozen to death on an ungodly trek across these rocky mountains. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that remains of us intact are hearts turned to stone. We curse the U.S. government, we curse the Army, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. Do not underestimate the power of a mother’s vengeance... So begins the Journal of Margaret Kelly, a woman who participated in the U.S. government's "Brides for Indians" program in 1873, a program whose conceit was that the way to peace between the United States and the Cheyenne Nation was for One Thousand White Woman to be given as brides in exchange for three hundred horses. These "brides" were mostly fallen women; women in prison, prostitutes, the occasional adventurer, or those incarcerated in asylums. No one expected this program to work. And the brides themselves thought of it simply as a chance at freedom. But many of them fell in love with their Cheyenne spouses and had children with them...and became Cheyenne themselves. The Vengeance of Mothers explores what happens to the bonds between wives and husbands, children and mothers, when society sees them as "unspeakable." What does it mean to be white, to be Cheyenne, and how far will these women go to avenge the ones they love? With vivid detail and keen emotional depth, Jim Fergus brings to light a time and place in American history and fills it with unforgettable characters who live and breathe with a passion we can relate to even today.


Titre : Vigil
Auteur : Cecilia Samartin
Éditeur : Simon and Schuster
ISBN-13 : 9781439165485
Libération : 2009-07-21

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When a nanny from war-torn El Salvador moves in with a wealthy American family, the result is an inspiring story about the power of love to cross cultural boundaries. Cecilia Samartin’s most impressive work yet, Vigil is told from the perspective of Ana, a middle aged woman who is waiting at the deathbed of her husband as he loses his battle against cancer. While she waits, she thinks back on her life and the incredible journey that brought her from war-torn El Salvador, to a convent in the U.S., and finally to a wealthy California estate where she was employed as the nanny for a dysfunctional family caught up in the throes of decadent life. Despite her traumatic past, she is able to bring a wealth of love and harmony to her affluent yet spiritually bereft employers—gifts that no money could ever buy. In the course of Samartin’s work as a psychotherapist, she has been awed by those rare individuals who not only survive after having endured unimaginable trauma, but flourish, and are able to promote the same in those around them. Vigil is the story of one such woman and the family that she sets her heart on saving. A heart-wrenching story of love and loss, Vigil is Cecilia Samartin’s most powerful novel to date. As Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander said, “Samartin writes with shimmering grace about homeland, exile, passion, and loyalty.” Readers will be spellbound by Vigil’s magical language and provocative themes.

Don t Worry Life Is Easy

Titre : Don t Worry Life Is Easy
Auteur : Agnès Martin-Lugand
Éditeur : Hachette UK
ISBN-13 : 9781602863057
Libération : 2017-05-02

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Now in Paperback: The much-anticipated, bestselling sequel to the international phenomenon Happy People Read and Drink Coffee. Diane needs to start over again. After returning from Ireland and turning the page on her stormy relationship with Edward, the brooding Irish photographer, she is determined to rebuild her life in Paris with help from her best friend Félix. She focuses solely on getting her literary café back on track-until she meets Olivier. He is kind and thoughtful, and she may have a future with him...until she stumbles across her former love at a photography exhibit. What is Edward doing in Paris? Why didn't he reach out? Faced with a hail of questions, her old flame remains cold and unresponsive. Apparently, he, too, has moved on. In order to put the past behind her, Diane must go back over her tracks. Ireland saved her before. Can she get answers there and find peace again?

Mrs Hemingway

Titre : Mrs Hemingway
Auteur : Naomi Wood
Éditeur : Pan Macmillan
ISBN-13 : 9781447226895
Libération : 2014-02-13

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In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley’s best friend. She is also Ernest’s lover. Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, but neither she nor Fife will be the last. Over the ensuing decades, Ernest’s literary career will blaze a trail, but his marriages will be ignited by passion and deceit. Four extraordinary women will learn what it means to love the most famous writer of his generation, and each will be forced to ask herself how far she will go to remain his wife... Luminous and intoxicating, Mrs. Hemingway portrays real lives with rare intimacy and plumbs the depths of the human heart.