Since September 11th, 2001, the MWP Social Action Book Group has focused on books about the experiences of immigrant populations and the issues that have brought them to this country and our community. All the books teach us about the strengths and resilience of people in other cultures. The book group meets four times a year on the second or fourth Saturday of the month in March, June, September and December, from 1:30-3pm. Please check the calendar for exact dates.
If you are interested in more information or would like to be on the book club mailing list, please contact Jane Whiteside at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April Book Discussion
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:30-3:00 PM
BOOK: “The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” by Nadia Hashimi “is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate…. In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.
But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?” (Amazon.com)
LOCATION: 9031 West 34th street, St Louis Park, Minnesota 55426 (Sandra Streitman’s office/home)
FFI: Jane Whiteside at email@example.com