Thursday, May 14, 2009
Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Finished May 3, 2009
Elaine and Najmah are two very different young women. Elaine, an American who has moved to Pershawar Pakistan to be with her husband finds herself alone after he has gone to give medical support in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. Najmah is an girl from Afghanistan who suddenly finds herself alone after losing all her family in the war. While Najmah wanders the country looking for her father and brother, Elaine is teaching refugee children and waiting and wondering what is happening with her husband. When they finally meet, Najmah and Elaine find that they give each other strength to make it through this very difficult time.
I think mature readers would enjoy this book, at times I found the names a bit hard to keep track of, but it was worth the struggle.