The nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia Koofi was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose to become the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Here, she shares her amazing story, punctuated by a series of poignant letters she wrote to her two daughters before each political trip—letters describing the future and freedoms she dreamed of for them and for all the women of Afghanistan.
Her story movingly captures the political and cultural moment in Afghanistan, a country caught between the hope of progress and the bitter truth of history.
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With moving letters to her daughters opening each chapter, Koofi delivers an important message.Read Full Review of The Favored Daughter: One Wom... | See more reviews from Kirkus
This moving narrative provides an evocative portrait of a battered country as it pleads with the world’s powers not to abandon the fight and risk the government’s fragile stability.Read Full Review of The Favored Daughter: One Wom... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
This memoir yields important background about a part of the world that we should not forget or dismiss.Read Full Review of The Favored Daughter: One Wom... | See more reviews from Star Tribune
Koofi, here, is able to tell her own personal story on her terms, the decisions she made in her life, her sorrows and successes. It is an important glimpse into the inner world of an Afghani woman for a Western audience unfamiliar with the historical and cultural context that surrounds these women’s lives.Read Full Review of The Favored Daughter: One Wom...
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