On Sale: July 24, 2018
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For fans of A Thousand Splendid Suns comes a stirring
novel set in Afghanistan about two women—an American aid
worker and her local interpreter—who form an unexpected
friendship despite their utterly different life experiences
and the ever-increasing violence that surrounds them in Kabul.
In 2001, Kabul is suddenly a place of possibility as people
fling off years of repressive Taliban rule. This hopeful
chaos brings together American aid worker Liv Stoellner and
Farida Basra, an educated Pakistani woman still adjusting to
her arranged marriage to Gul, the son of an Afghan strongman
whose family spent years of exile in Pakistan before
returning to Kabul.
Both Liv and her husband take positions at an NGO that helps
Afghan women recover from the Taliban years. They see the
move as a reboot—Martin for his moribund academic career,
Liv for their marriage. But for Farida and Gul, the move to
Kabul is fraught, severing all ties with Farida’s family and
her former world, and forcing Gul to confront a chapter in
his life he’d desperately tried to erase.
The two women, brought together by Farida’s work as an
interpreter, form a nascent friendship based on their
growing mutual love for Afghanistan, though Liv remains
unaware that Farida is reporting information about the
Americans’ activities to Gul’s family, who have ties to the
As the bond between Farida and Liv deepens, war-scarred
Kabul acts in different ways upon them, as well as their
husbands. Silent Hearts is an absorbing, complex
portrayal of two very different but equally resilient women
caught in the conflict of a war that will test them in ways
they never imagined.
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