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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. This book reflects the author’s personal journey as a young mother fleeing war-torn Afghanistan with her son. Qayumi found refuge in Canada. She now lives in Vancouver and teaches at Langara University. This book is illustrated by Nahid Kazemi. 9781990598142

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