READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH GAYLE LEMMON

Rating 4 out of 3 – That’s right, it is THAT good.

From the second page you are hit with the realization that people’s lives are affected by what is going on in the Middle East. We tend to tune out the war stories we hear on the news now, and this book does an amazing job and personalizing it again. There are innocents that must change their lives for something they have no control over.

This book pulls at your heart strings in such a way that you will never see your own life the same again. In a world where electricity comes on out of the blue and turns off even faster, the characters in this book have surfaced with such love, pride and respect for themselves and others that you will become overwhelmed several times throughout the book.

Gayle Lemmon has a SMASH hit on her hands. This book must be read by everyone and must be turned into a movie. It is AMAZING. No, cross that out. What is better than amazing? Well whatever it is, that’s what this book is.

I applaud you Gayle, for taking such a raw, honest, real topic and making us listen and having it touch our hearts.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila’s story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation.

Afghanistan’s future remains uncertain as debates over withdrawal timelines dominate the news. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana moves beyond the headlines to transport you to an Afghanistan you have never seen before. This is a story of war, but it is also a story of sisterhood and resilience in the face of despair. Kamila Sidiqi’s journey will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about one of the most important political and humanitarian issues of our time.

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