Daughters of Smoke and Fire by Ava Homa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Leila and Chia are siblings in Kurdistan, technically in the Kurdish
part of Iran, when their father is named an enemy of the state and not
allowed to work. Their family struggles for money while both children
also try to get an education, but the odds are not in Leila's favor (and
she wants to be a filmmaker in a region that polices everything
including books and films.) Then her brother disappears....
year of reading more in the Middle East, this novel came at a perfect
time. The author is also from Kurdistan/Iran but had greater access to
education through scholarship programs overseas (the novel was written
in English.) Homa shows how governments (plural) intentionally keep the
Kurdish people down through keeping their regions from developing,
limiting access to education, and requiring children not to speak their
I had a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss; it came out May 12, 2020.
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