On Sale: January 22, 2019
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Coming of Age
A coming-of-age story about one boy's journey across
contemporary Afghanistan to find and bring home the family
dog, blending the grit and immediacy of voice-driven fiction
like We Need New Names with the mythmaking of One
Thousand and One Nights.
Twelve-year-old Marwand's memories from his previous visit
to Afghanistan six years ago center on his contentious
relationship with Budabash, the terrifying but beloved dog
who guards his extended family's compound in Logar. Eager to
find an ally in this place that's meant to be "home,"
Marwand approaches Budabash the way he would any dog on his
American suburban block--and the results are disastrous:
Marwand loses a finger and Budabash escapes.
The resulting search for the family dog is an expertly told
adventure, a ninety-nine-night quest that sends Marwand and
his cousins across the landscape of Logar. Moving between
celebrations and tragedies, deeply humorous and surprisingly
tender, 99 Nights in Logar is a vibrant exploration
of the power of stories--the ones we tell each other, and
the ones we find ourselves in.
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