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Patricia McArdle, a resident of Arlington, Va., is a retired
American diplomat whose postings have taken her around the
world, including northern Afghanistan. Her novel, Farishta,
centers around a female American diplomat who, transferred
to a volatile, remote outpost in northern Afghanistan,
provides aid to refugee women fleeing the violence. She
becomes their farishta, or "angel," in the local Dari
language. Julie Barer of Barer Literary, LLC, one of the
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award’s expert panelists,
described McArdle’s Farishta as "a moving and fascinating
story of one woman’s work in a place that few Americans have
experienced beyond newspaper headlines and CNN stories. Both
the originality of the setting and the quality of the
writing make this debut stand out in the crowd."
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