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

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
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Aug 27, 2011

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bookshelves: audio, nonfiction
Read from August 27 to September 15, 2011

The writing is a little simplistic, but I really enjoyed this book and wish I could give it 3.5 stars. A female American reporter interviews one sister in a family of mostly women who learned to cope with the Taliban rule in Afghanistan by using their wits. Despite nearly insurmountable restrictions on women, they not only managed to generate enough income to meet their own family's needs by becoming seamstresses and selling their products, but also taught numerous other local women to do the same. They risked arrest many times over, and showed great bravery.

As something of an aside, the audio book was very short - under 6 hours - and made its points succinctly. I appreciate that. :-)

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