Connie I absolutely loved this book! Having read autobiographies written by women from Afghanistan, I found the novel to be very realistic. Rahima, the middle child, is selected to be the bacha posh in her family, probably because of her age and spunk. As such, she receives the education and treatment of a boy, only to have to adjust to life as a woman in Afghanistan when she is married at the age of thirteen. Her experience of having been treated as a boy, with the education and privileges that go with it in such a country, is both a benefit to her and a handicap (because she wasn't trained like a woman to perform household duties). Shekiba, her ancestor who lived during the early 20th Century, when Afghanistan was moving toward modernization, was also a bacha posh. If you do read it, check out the book club questions at http://nadiahashimi.com/book-club/. The author also has some excellent links on her website there.