Asne Seierstad (born 1970) has worked as a war correspondent in Russia, China, Kosovo and Iraq. Two weeks after 9/11 she went to Afghanistan and reported on the conflict for various Scandinavian papers and TV. She has received numerous awards in Norway for her journalism.
The author spent months living with a bookseller and his family in Kabul. Sultan Khan, a devout Muslim, has two wives and a family to look after; and we get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the enclosed life women lead in this strange world and the harsh laws that surround it. We learn about the daily life, proposals and marriages, crime and punishment. It is a vivid and compelling picture of family life, beautifully written and very moving. As a study of a country striving to emerge into this new century it makes fascinating reading and should sell very well.