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The book's about a young girl living in modern-day Afghanistan, and shows the hardships of ongoing war and of the oppressive Taliban regime. It manages to be both horrifying and heartwarming, with touches of humor here and there, as young Parvana copes with sibling rivalry at the same time as she deals with severe social restrictions and the threat of physical punishment.
The ways in which the people - especially the women - cope with the incredibly harsh restrictions placed on them by the Taliban are many and varied, and demonstrate considerable spirit.
I was rather surprised at some of the jobs that our heroine took on, from serving as a letter-reader and scribe to helping dig up human bones for use in making fertilizer. And the repeated references to the number of people with missing limbs, from the war and from the many land mines, are reminders of the harshness of life in war-torn regions.
[There's a TV Tropes page for the novel, but do beware of spoilers.]
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