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Zulaikha and Hafeez are two souls who are trying to navigate life in Afganistan after the tragic events of 9/11. Zulaikha dreams of becoming a teacher, but in the now changing times she is oppressed as a woman and faces challenges and heartbreaking situations.
Hafeez, a once spiritual man has fallen dramatically since the unexpected death of his wife. Hafeez, in his emotionally crippled state ends up lost in the Taliban and contines his downward spiral until he meets Zulaikha.
While this is a romance story, there are so many factors at play. It is a story of redemption, of spirituality and of overcoming the odds to make your dreams come true. Definitely recommend this well written and good paced story to anyone looking for something that is more than just another love story. The narrator is excellent in switching between the different voices.
What made the experience of listening to Behind the Closed House the most enjoyable?
This isn't always a pleasant read but the difference in perspective is incredibly refreshing. I've always enjoyed historical romance but the entire genre skews very much from the western perspective. Zulaikha and Hafeez's struggles and journeys in Afghanistan were fascinating. The romance isn't the driving force of the story, so if you're looking for straight ahead romance you might want to look elsewhere but this book is such a great read. The main themes of the story center around keeping hope and the drive to succeed alive when things beyond your control derail your dreams. It's inspirational and Taghreid El Zein's writing will transport you to another place.
Which character – as performed by Nicki Gallo – was your favorite?
Nicki Gallo's voice work brought all the characters to life so convincingly! I was transported by this story and Nicki Gallo's voice.