The Favored Daughter by Fawzia Koofi
One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future

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This memoir yields important background about a part of the world that we should not forget or dismiss.
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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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Fawzia Koofi is Afghanistan's first female Parliament speaker and a noted activist for women's and children's rights. She is currently a leading candidate for the presidential elections in 2014 and has been quoted by the BBC, Time, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Globe and Mail, and many others. Koofi was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. Before getting elected to Parliament, Koofi was employed by UNICEF as a child protection officer from 2002 through 2004. The mother of two girls, she lives in Kabul. Nadene Ghouri is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She is a former correspondent of both the BBC and Al Jazeera English
 
Published January 3, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Nov 01 2011

With moving letters to her daughters opening each chapter, Koofi delivers an important message.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 24 2011

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.

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Star Tribune

Good
on Jan 21 2012

This memoir yields important background about a part of the world that we should not forget or dismiss.

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Patheos

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Reviewed by Azra on Jan 30 2012

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.

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