Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy 9781847802712 pub Sept 2011 Frances Lincoln
This is a book about Zulaikha, a teenage girl, set during the western peace-keeping mission, cursed with a cleft palate affecting her muslim life, she wishes for normality. Her sister is soon to be married, the US army has moved her into a small town offering important changes to her and her family. Following an accidental meeting with Meena, a friend of her deseased mothe, she learns Afghan poetry offering academic opporunities.
The book is written in the voice of former PRT US soldier who uses an american style narrative but incorporates Afghani words making the novel a vivid reality. Based on a handful of experiences it captures war in pure reality, also bringing shocking insights into the light.
I recommend this book to lovers of emotional rollercoaster rides. It is a heartwarming novel destined to be a classic reflection on the war in Afghanistan. For 13+yrs.
"Beautiful, real and wishful"
By Angus McCormick