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The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

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I ended my reading drought with an excellent book, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.  Although it is a children’s novel, the book is definitely a highly enjoyable read for adults.

The novel revolves around the life of a 11-year old girl living with her family under the Taliban regime in Kabul, and how she was forced to become the breadwinner for her family when her dad was arrested and thrown into jail by the Taliban.  The life of ordinary people living in such repressed circumstances is depicted in simple, direct writing which makes me feel that I can relate to the characters in the book.  The author wrote two sequels and I am going to get my hands on them as soon as I can.

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