Finalist, book of the year in nonfiction
. . . Sometimes I can’t help but wonder. For all our work, … what did we really accomplish?
. . . We thought we were going to save the world. Instead we stepped into another culture, and it changed us forever.
——Conversation between returning Peace Corps Volunteers Joanne Carter Bowling and Nan O’Rourke.
The Story of a Nursing School for Girls in Afghanistan, the Peace Corps, and Life Before the Taliban, Little Women of Baghlan is the true account of an ordinary young woman who answers the call to service and adventure during an extraordinary time in world history. Her story unfolds against the backdrop of changing social mores, the Cold War, the Peace Corps, and a country at the crossroads of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran.
“The clear but sophisticated prose creates a rich setting . . . . A warm, surprisingly lighthearted story that finds hope in human relationships during a particularly turbulent time in history.
“…a love affair on a number of levels, certainly not least, a love affair with Afghanistan itself. “Yet Little Women of Baghlan is not written with any particular agenda, geopolitical or religious; it is rather, simply, the story of how a group of ordinary Americans interacted with the citizens in a village called Baghlan. Fox accomplishes this with attention to detail, sensitivity, and with extraordinary grace.”
– Dr. Michael Spath, Professor of Comparative Religion and Middle East Studies, Indiana University Purdue University
“I think it’s important that the word about what Peace Corps Volunteers accomplished in Afghanistan gets the widest possible circulation; it stands in contrast to some of our country’s later activities.”
– Dr. John Bing, Chairman of the Board, ITAP International, and former Peace Corps Volunteer
“A colorful and comprehensive account. From dysentery to riding a camel to shopping in the bazaar, Fox gives a good account of a distant land.”
—Phil Angelo, editor, Daily Journal, Kankakee IL
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