A Door in the Earth

A Door in the Earth

For readers of Cutting for Stone and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a "breathtaking and achingly nuanced" (Kirkus, starred review) new novel from the author of the national bestseller The Submission about the journey of a young Afghan-American woman trapped between her ideals and the complicated truth. "One of the essential books of the post-9/11 era." --George Packer,...

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Title:A Door in the Earth
Author:Amy Waldman
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A Door in the Earth Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters
    For those who want a compelling read, a page turning intimate historical novel ...with elegant style and thoughtful insight....this is THAT NOVEL!I absolutely loved it!!!!! Amy Waldman’s unblinking look at medical patient care in Afghanistan-post-9/11 era, one of the poorest healthcare systems ...
  • Liz
    Parveen is a young Afghan-American who takes it into her head to go to Afghanistan to help the women in a rural community there. She’s inspired by a best seller, a memoir of a male American doctor who starts a women’s clinic in this same village. With no training, she is not met with the e...
  • Jill
    A Door in the Earth may very well be the book that Amy Waldman was born to write. Only someone who is intimately aware of the nuances of Afghanistan and its misunderstood societal landscape and complicated truths could ever have put together a book like this.Ironically, the impetus for this book is...
  • Cheri
    4.5 StarsBorn in Afghanistan, Parveen Shamsa left her country of birth when she was not yet two, along with her family. So young that she had little chance to be able to recall the place where she was born. They settled in the Bay Area of California, where her father took a series of demeaning jobs,...
  • Angela M
    Just yesterday as I finished this book, I read an article that a meeting between the United States, the Afghan President and Taliban leaders was canceled. The continued presence of the US in Afghanistan is obviously a current issue. I can’t say that I’ve ever really had a good understandin...
  • Julie Christine
    My ex-husband and I served briefly as Peace Corps volunteers in Chad in the early 90s. We were young newlyweds— 24 & 27 — but we'd lived abroad, we were fluent in one of Chad's official languages (French), we were trained as educators, he as a K-12 certificated teacher, me as an instructor...
  • Jen
    Middle Eastern stories always fascinate and often enrage me. The suppression and oppression of women. The lack of education. The survival living in a worn torn country.A door in the earth is like an eye in the sky. Parveen, an American, returns to her birth country of Afghanistan, after reading of a...
  • Canadian
    In her senior year at UC Berkeley, not quite a decade after the 911 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, Afghan-American anthropology student Parveen Shams happens upon a memoir, the best-selling Mother Afghanistan. In it, Dr. Gideon Crane, the prodigal son of medical missionary parents, explains h...

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