If you enjoyed The Map of Salt and Stars, then you’ll love Sparks Like Stars.
“Nadia Hashimi's writing will always sweep you away; she is a fantastic writer and her characters are always phenomenal. I was super thrilled to find out she has another book coming out and Sparks Like Stars was just as good as I'd hoped. Hashimi admits in her Author's Note that a lot more of herself went into shaping Sitara which I though was fascinating. Hashimi was also a physician in NYC on 9/11 and experience firsthand the islamophobia and racism that followed. I thought adult Sitara's reckoning with her dark past was beautifully written and honest. The novel just swept over you as you read and ended sadly but also in a beautiful full circle. There are just so many things that I loved about this book - the relationship between Sitara/Antonia/Tilly, the covering of the political unrest that completely changed the course of Afghan history and shaped the way the country is seen today, and the beautiful narration by Mozhan Marno (her voice was both calming and engaging and gave perfect characterization Sitara across her life story). This book is fabulous and I highly recommend it to all, both historical fiction and literary fiction fans alike! It lends itself so nicely to open discussion so is also a great pick for book clubs”Kimi, Buttonwood Books and Toys
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