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Shahnaz Qayumi

March 05th, 2024

“You are a man now, take care of your mother,” Zia’s father whispered to Zia just as he is arrested–-never to return home. Kabul born author, Shahnaz Qayumi’s debut novel, Zia’s Story (Tradewind Books $14.95) due out in June, is set in the aftermath of the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, as the country descends into civil war. The Taliban’s rule brings restrictions to women working and girls attending school. The story follows Zia and his young mother fleeing war-torn Afghanistan from Pakistan to Canada. Qayumi writes of what she knows as she was also an Afghani refugee who found sanctuary in Canada. She now lives in Vancouver and teaches at Langara College. This book is illustrated by Nahid Kazemi. 9781990598142

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