What happens when you are surrounded by nothing but madness, desolation, and hate? Do you succumb to violence, depression, and despair? The Taliban rules in this novel set in Kabul, Afghanistan. Women are heavily restricted, forced to wear a burqa in public, never allowed to show their faces to the world. Parts of this book infuriated me, knowing that women are treated this way in the modern world. Each character must find their way amongst the ruins and intimidation of a world gone mad...."We've already been killed, all of us. It happened so long ago, we've forgotten it."I give this book 3 1/2 stars for the descriptive detail of life under the Taliban rule.....emotionally challenging to read, but well worth it.