May 15, 2013 · 7:00 PM
Jill volunteered to host a second meeting for the Favored Daughter at her place, also in Pacific Beach.
I just watched this woman on the Daily Show and Jon Stewart couldn't praise her and her book enough. It sounds like a heart breaking (a la Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns), but also inspiring and amazing, not to mention informative about a part of the world that we as Americans should know a bit about...
The Favored Daughter, by Fawzia Koofi
"The nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia Koofi was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose to become the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Here, she shares her amazing story, punctuated by a series of poignant letters she wrote to her two daughters before each political trip—letters describing the future and freedoms she dreamed of for them and for all the women of Afghanistan."