This was a tough one. I love books... loads and loads of them - which makes it very hard to choose just one for this.
I have decided to go with "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hossein (Amazon) : the book gave me an insight into the lives of women in Afhganistan. It is fiction but it is symbolic and representative.
This story touched me because - having lived in the so-called 'Western world' all my life, I have never given much thought to the plight of women elsewhere. Apart from the (seemingly few) Muslim women who campaigned against wearing a hajib or full dress, I assumed the women were happy and well cared for. This book ripped the blinders from my eyes and showed me that women can be unhappy and abused no matter the location or religion.
I felt for the women... the 'plain Jane' who lost her father and after a happy childhood was served up years of sorrow and misery. And the beautiful girl who thought she had the world at her fingertips but whose life took a twist that sent her down a bitter road resulting in her collision with the older (and wiser) 'Plain Jane'... who saved her.
The alliance these two women formed... in the face of cruelty and abuse... they had eachother - until one of them made the ultimate sacrifice. OH! What a story.
After I read this book I walked away feeling incredibly grateful for my life: warts and all.
Woman - Arise!
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