First, because she reviewed this book on her blog, which made me want to read it.
I was a little slow getting into it, and I had my doubts at first, but I stuck to Krista's recommendation and once I got into the story, I liked it a lot.
My favorite parts were the cultural exchanges between the Afghans and the Americans. I know from personal experience how easily cultural differences can get in the way of good communication. Fascinating stuff.
I also loved the theme running through the book that a curse can turn into a blessing. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, but the main character Zulaika learns that the part of herself she hates most-- her cleft lip-- may be one of her greatest assets. At least, her disability gives her the chance to find herself outside the roles and requirements of "normal" Afghan women.
Another reason I want to thank Krista V. is because she gave me the Stylish Blogger Award. Wowzers! This award is way more stylish than I am, but thank you anyway, Krista! I haven't been good about accepting awards lately. I know I was given a few over the past year that I never got around to accepting. (Humblest apologies!) With this one I was determined to get my act together and pass it on. (My baby is three-months-old now so I'm out of excuses!)
I'd like to pass the award on to one very wonderful friend and blogging buddy, Becky from Everyday Becky. After we became blog friends, our daughters became pen pals, and it has been such a blessing to my little Olivia. I get to meet Becky and her family this summer, by the way. I'm so excited!
Here you go, Becky, you stylish blogger you!