A captivating story of Miriam, Scottish by birth but widowed and remarried, working and living in Afghanistan, Miriam helps run a clinic in a village. Her second husband is a doctor but when an opportunity arises for her to go and help a as a translator in a different village, despite his opposition she takes the opportunity to reflect and take advantage of the distance to think about her life and marriage.
Steeped in the deep cultural background of Afghanistan and overshadowed by the complex politics, this book is quite a beacon in understanding the complexities of life in rural areas of Afghanistan. I found the characters reasonably well developed and could understand the frustration, sadness and choices they faced.
Although not as full of prose or reverie of Hosseini, this is still an interesting read. This book is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.