This is a weekly event hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page every Wednesday.

Marcia says:

I love beautiful, and interesting, cover art so every Wednesday I post my 'Cover Attraction' for the week along with a synopsis of the book. Everyone is welcome to stop by and, if they'd like, post a link to their favorite weekly book cover.

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Born Under a Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield
ISBN-13: 9780805090611
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Published: February 2010

Synopsis (From B&N):

A moving tale of the triumph of the human spirit amidst heartbreaking tragedy, told through the eyes of a charming, impish, and wickedly observant Afghan boy

The Taliban have withdrawn from Kabul’s streets, but the long shadows of their regime remain. In his short life, eleven-year-old Fawad has known more grief than most: his father and brother have been killed, his sister has been abducted, and Fawad and his mother, Mariya, must rely on the charity of parsimonious relatives to eke out a hand-to-mouth existence.

Ever the optimist, Fawad hopes for a better life, and his dream is realized when Mariya finds a position as a housekeeper for a charismatic Western woman, Georgie, and her two foreign friends. The world of aid workers and journalists is a new one for Fawad, and living with the trio offers endless curiosities—including Georgie’s destructive relationship with the powerful Afghan warlord Haji Khan, whose exploits are legendary. Fawad grows resentful and worried, until he comes to learn that love can move a man to act in surprisingly good ways. But life, especially in Kabul, is never without peril, and the next calamity Fawad must face is so devastating that it threatens to destroy the one thing he thought he could never lose: his love for his country.

A big-hearted novel infused with crackling wit, Andrea Busfield’s brilliant debut captures the hope and humanity of the Afghan people and the foreigners who live among them.

8 Responses
  1. Ceri Says:

    Good find. This sounds like one that'll be right up my mum's street so I have no doubt it'll be floating around the house when it comes out.

  2. The Bookworm Says:

    interesting cover and it does sound like a good read.

  3. Darlene Says:

    That is a great cover. I really like the use of the color in the title.

  4. Veens Says:

    Totally love your selection today!

  5. Julia Says:

    That is a wonderful cover art. The cover were bright and and shine :)

  6. Violet Says:

    wow, awesome cover and synopsis, love the title too.

  7. Mrs Suvi Says:

    This is such a wonderful book. If you like, you can read my review here:


  8. Alice Says:

    I like the story. The cover IS beautiful.

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