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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

HarperCollins
March 2011
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Featuring: Kamela Sediqi
288 pages
ISBN: 0061732370
EAN: 9780061732379
Kindle: B004IWR3A6
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Non-Fiction Biography

The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war—a rare achievement for any Afghan woman—Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation.

Afghanistan's future remains uncertain as debates over withdrawal timelines dominate the news. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana moves beyond the headlines to transport you to an Afghanistan you have never seen before. This is a story of war, but it is also a story of sisterhood and resilience in the face of despair. Kamila Sidiqi's journey will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about one of the most important political and humanitarian issues of our time.

Media Buzz

Early Show - December 13, 2011
Marketplace - PRI - December 12, 2011
Today - April 19, 2011
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - March 17, 2011
Morning Edition - March 15, 2011
Marketplace - PRI - March 11, 2011

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