For the Love of a Son

  • by Jean Sasson
  • Narrated by Dina Pearlman
  • 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman. She had witnessed the miserable fate of her grandmother and three aunts, and wished she had been born a boy. As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when the Russians invaded her country. After she made a public show of defiance, she had to flee the country for her life. A new life of freedom seemed within her grasp, but her father arranged a traditional marriage to a fellow Afghan, who turned out to be a violent man. Beaten, raped and abused, Maryam found joy in the birth of a baby son. But then her brutal husband stole him away far beyond his mother's reach. For many long years she searched for her lost son, while civil war and Taliban oppression raged back home in Afghanistan.
Set against a landscape littered with tragic tales of horrific suffering, Jean Sasson, author of Princess, chronicles the story of one resolute but tormented woman determined to achieve freedom and equality with men.


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Would you consider the audio edition of For the Love of a Son to be better than the print version?

Has given mea very good idea about the plight of In Afghanistan

What other book might you compare For the Love of a Son to, and why?

Similar to the Princess trilogy in that a arab woman's plight is so totally Unfair and so sad. Both women are extremely brave.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I can't say it was enjoyed more educational but written so well I could imagine it all.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes the description of her grandmothers life, her incredible fight to keep her son and then utter dismay that her son had been so brainwashed he wanted to rape and kill her.

Any additional comments?

I pray that one day all Arab women will have the same freedom I have.

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- Suzduz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios