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A House Without Windows - A Novel

Nadia Hashimi

A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood-an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture-from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low. For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal's family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed. As Zeba awaits trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells: thirty-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, who ran away from home with her teenage sister but now stays in the prison because it is safe shelter; and nineteen-year-old Mezhgan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for her lover's family to ask for her hand in marriage. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, as they have been, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood. Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba's Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines. A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.

A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood-an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture-from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low. For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal's family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed. As Zeba awaits trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells: thirty-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, who ran away from home with her teenage sister but now stays in the prison because it is safe shelter; and nineteen-year-old Mezhgan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for her lover's family to ask for her hand in marriage. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, as they have been, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood. Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba's Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines. A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.
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A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood-an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture-from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low. For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal's family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed. As Zeba awaits trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells: thirty-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, who ran away from home with her teenage sister but now stays in the prison because it is safe shelter; and nineteen-year-old Mezhgan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for her lover's family to ask for her hand in marriage. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, as they have been, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood. Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba's Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines. A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ariana Delawari, Susan Nezami

Length:

15h 40m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

04:29


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

21:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:56


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

18:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

28:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

24:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

23:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

19:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

22:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

20:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

15:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

16:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

18:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

18:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

13:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

19:26


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

19:21


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:27


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

15:50


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:23