Lipstick in Afghanistan

Lipstick in Afghanistan

[a Novel]

Book - 2010
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Roberta Gately's lyrical and authentic debut novel--inspired by her own experiences as a nurse in third world war zones--is one woman's moving story of offering help and finding hope in the last place she expected.

Gripped by haunting magazine images of starving refugees, Elsa has dreamed of becoming a nurse since she was a teenager. Of leaving her humble working-class Boston neighborhood to help people whose lives are far more difficult than her own. No one in her family has ever escaped poverty, but Elsa has a secret weapon: a tube of lipstick she found in her older sister's bureau. Wearing it never fails to raise her spirits and cement her determination. With lipstick on, she can do anything--even travel alone to war-torn Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11.

But violent nights as an ER nurse in South Boston could not prepare Elsa for the devastation she witnesses at the small medical clinic she runs in Bamiyan. As she struggles to prove herself to the Afghan doctors and local villagers, she begins a forbidden romance with her only confidant, a charming Special Forces soldier. Then, a tube of lipstick she finds in the aftermath of a tragic bus bombing leads her to another life-changing friendship. In her neighbor Parween, Elsa finds a kindred spirit, fiery and generous. Together, the two women risk their lives to save friends and family from the worst excesses of the Taliban. But when the war waging around them threatens their own survival, Elsa discovers her only hope is to unveil the warrior within. Roberta Gately's raw, intimate novel is an unforgettable tribute to the power of friendship and a poignant reminder of the tragic cost of war.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Gallery Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781439191385
Branch Call Number: F GAT NVD
Characteristics: 284 p

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Margush
Oct 24, 2016

Interesting, dynamic and beautifully written book with many fascinating details of everyday life in Afghanistan, people's relationships and friendships. No matter where we live and what religions we follow, common moral principles of a descent human being are the same - honour and honesty, respect and kindness, help and trust. I look forward reading more books by Roberta Gately.

ab562 Apr 14, 2013

A bittersweet novel, worth reading. Ending became predictable in the last 50 pages though.

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