The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan


An eye-opening, heart-rending tale of love, honor and betrayal from veteran foreign news correspodent Atia Abawi

Fatima is a Hazara girl, raised to be obedient and dutiful. Samiullah is a Pashtun boy raised to defend the traditions of his tribe. They were not meant to fall in love. But they do. And the story that follows shows both the beauty and the violence in current-day Afghanistan as Fatima and Samiullah fight their families, their cultures and the Taliban to stay together. Based on the people Atia Abawi met and the events she covered during her nearly five years in Afghanistan, this stunning novel is a must-read for anyone who has lived during America’s War in Afghanistan.

Perfect for fans of Patricia McCormick, Linda Sue Park, and Khaled Hosseini, this story will stay with readers for a long time to come.


A 2015 Amelia Bloomer List selection!

* “Disturbing depictions of physical, emotional, and sexual violence against women, men, and children, both within families and between different groups, contrast with extravagant acts of courage, kindness, and sacrifice….A suspenseful, enlightening, and hopeful love story.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Author: Atia Abawi
ISBN: 9780399160783
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 304
Published Year: 2014
Language: English

Additional information

Weight 0.46 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 14.8 × 2.6 cm


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