"A few meters of fabric, soft, fragile, and pliable, became our cell. No granite was was more impregnable, no bars more unbreakable, no dungeon darker or more dreadful. I vanished from sight, as if a magician had passed a wand over me. I was no longer Rukhsana with a distinctive nose, a mouth, eyes, a forehead, a chin, a head of hair, but a walking shroud, identical to every other shamed and shrouded woman in the street. Under the burka it was clear that this Afghanistan had no place for women."It looks hopeless...until the Taliban themselves unexpectedly offer a way out: playing cricket. They want to show the world that sport is alive and well in Afghanistan by forming a state cricket team. If Rukhsana can teach her brother and her many male cousins how to play, she just might be able to get them all out of Afghanistan. But she only has 3 weeks in which to do it. And, as a woman, she's been forbidden to play. If she's caught, they could all be sent to prison. Or worse. To add to her difficulties, there is a hateful Taliban minister who wants to marry her....
Wow. I loved this book! Timeri N. Murari's writing is poetic and powerful. I held my breath with Rukhsana, and cringed in fear, and laughed and cried with her. I worried about her brother and her cousins. Murari even made me care about a cricket match. The Taliban Cricket Club is a remarkable story of one young woman's hope, strength, and defiance in the face of overwhelming cruelty and terror. It is a story of family loyalty. Most of all, it is a love story. One I won't soon forget.
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