The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Kamila Sidiqi's life changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. After her father and brother were forced to flee, she became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Banned from school, confined to her home, and armed only with determination, she picked up a needle and thread to create a thriving business that saved their lives.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana tells the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. A story of war, it is also a story of family, faith, and resilience in the face of despair. These women are not victims--they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation. Kamila Sidiqi's journey will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about one of the most important political and humanitarian issues of our time.

"Lemmon's storytelling is her strength-the way the book is organized is captivating. Make no mistake that "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana" has solid journalistic chops and remains based in fact. It is a feel-good, pleasurable read at the crossroads between journalism and novel."--Muslim Media Watch Blog


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Publisher Harper Perennial
Publish date 03/20/2012
Pages 256
ISBN-13 9780061732478
Language English

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