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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

(2014)
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Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.

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 the 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?

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"A fascinating look at the unspoken lives of Afghani women, separated by generations and miles, yet achingly similar. This is a story to transport you and make you think." - Shilpi Somaya Gowda


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Hardback Editions

October 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell (Thorndike Press Large Print Peer Picks)
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
ISBN: 1-4104-9393-8 / 978-1-4104-9393-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
ISBN: 0-06-224475-2 / 978-0-06-224475-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

April 2017 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
ISBN: 0-06-267762-4 / 978-0-06-267762-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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January 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: A Novel
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
ISBN: 0-06-224476-0 / 978-0-06-224476-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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May 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
ISBN: 0-06-233851-X / 978-0-06-233851-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Audio Editions

May 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
ISBN: 1-4830-0680-8 / 978-1-4830-0680-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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May 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell: Library Edition
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
ISBN: 1-4830-0678-6 / 978-1-4830-0678-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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May 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
ISBN: 1-4830-0679-4 / 978-1-4830-0679-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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May 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
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Kindle Editions

May 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel
Author(s): Nadia Hashimi
Publisher: William Morrow
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