When we get an email about a book from a fellow book lover, we take special notice. Over the weekend, friend and Ivy Bookshop Owner Ann Berlin, sent the following to our inbox:
We are always on the lookout for very special books and authors. I just completed a book entitled A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar and was so moved that I felt compelled to let the friends of the Ivy know about it. This book is a very special memoir by Qais Akbar Omar of life in Afghanistan during the civil war and under the Taliban. Every once in a while, a book comes along that leaves you so much richer, and this is one of them.
If you loved The Kite Runner, I believe you will love this one even more. The humanity shines through. This book is breathtaking. Qais will be signing at The Ivy Bookshop this coming Monday, May 20, at 7:00 PM. This book would be looked upon favorably among book clubs and anyone interested in the unfolding events in Afghanistan. I encourage you and your friends to meet him at the shop.
Qais recently wrote an amazing Op-Ed in The New York Times, entitled “Where’s My Ghost Money”. See the link here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunday/wheres-my-ghost-money.html?_r=0
A Fort of Nine Towers is one of the rare memoirs of Afghanistan to have been written by an Afghan, and it reveals the richness and suffering of life in a country whose history has become deeply entwined with our own.
For the young Qais Akbar Omar, Kabul was a city of gardens where he flew kites from his grandfather’s roof with his cousin Wakeel while their parents, uncles and aunts drank tea around a cloth spread in the grass. It was a time of telling stories, reciting poetry, selling carpets and arranging marriages. Read More →