Highly recommended, especially for fans of Khaled Hosseini. Library Journal (starred review)"A rich, haunting, immersive story of cultures at the crossroadsdeeply moving. A heart-smashingly good read, the kind of novel youll want to share with your book club."Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Love and Other Consolation Prizes and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetFor fans of A Thousand Splendid Suns comes a stirring novel set in Afghanistan about two womenan American aid worker and her local interpreterwho form an unexpected friendship despite their utterly different life experiences and the ever-increasing violence that surrounds them in Kabul. In 2001, Kabul is suddenly a place of possibility as people fling off years of repressive Taliban rule. This hopeful chaos brings together American aid worker Liv Stoellner and Farida Basra, an educated Pakistani woman still adjusting to her arranged marriage to Gul, the son of an Afghan strongman whose family spent years of...
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Silent Hearts Reviews
I had hoped this would be more about the friendship between Farida and Liv, but it didn't go as deep as I wanted with them. It gave me a better understanding of what the women of Afganistan and Pakistan go through.
I am in awe of Gwen Florio’s ability as a storyteller!
In Afghanistan, the widows die with their babies of starvation, disease and lack of aid. Gwen Florio witnessed this herself as a reporter sent by a newspaper in America and waited many years to tell their story. Along with that, the story of love amidst war and friendship between enemies became a page turner I could not stop reading. It is 1 o’clock in the morning as I write this after finishing this riveting book and I could not call it fini ...more
So good! Silent Hearts is a story of many things, but at its core is the narrative about how women become stone. I wanted it to be longer.
Truly...such an incredibly poignant, powerful and important novel. Florio has given us two unforgettable women; their resilience pays tribute to all of the women in war-torn Afghanistan who suffer unspeakable hardships and heartbreak. Farida and Liv are simply remarkable, each struggling to balance fear and bravery, suffering and grace, love and loss.
I had to take a deep breath after finishing this novel. What an ending.
I was drawn in by the cover-beautiful-and I'm so glad to see that the story is just as beautiful and provocative. The women are incredible--like the description said, they couldn't be more different. I went in thinking I knew what their lives would be like, but I was proven so wrong--and I'm glad for that.
Afghanistan comes to life. I appreciate the fact that the author didn't go out of her way to prove either Afghanistan an ...more
Silent Hearts by Gwen Florio
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. One of the previous reviewers stated, this was a powerful book, and I completely agree with that statement. Martin and Liv are an American couple working at an university. Martin is a professor of Asian studies, Liv is a researcher. After 9/11, Martin is interviewed about the situation in Afghanistan, his opinion is being sought out. Eventually he gets an assignment to go to Afghanistan to work on b ...more
This story is a powerful reflection of post 9/11 from multiple perspectives and it gave a view that we didn’t always see from this side of the world when the war was going on in Afghanistan. Most of the novel takes places there as Liv and her cad of a husband Martin, a man with a dead end academic career takes a job at an NGO in hopes of achieving the professional recognition he thinks he deserves. Liv takes a job with the organization as well, in hopes of helping the poverty stricken ...more