When the Moon is Low
by Nadia Hashimi
This suspenseful tale of a young woman, who has lost her husband, and her quest to safely leave Afghanistan with her children is enthralling. It is told through the perspective of both the widow and her eldest son, who struggles on the outskirts of adulthood. I found myself clutching at my shirt in terror for the young family as I read. If you're looking for a perfect book for the summer I can't recommend this book enough. It came out in paperback recently so it's perfect for the beach bag. Hashimi is a bold storyteller who expertly weaves fact and fiction. I felt both informed and captivated by this harrowing account of survival and the unspeakable atrocities that one family endured. She has a new book coming this summer too!