Fear of Beauty An Afghan woman defies her husband and societal pressures to investigate the death of her son.

- Nominated for 2014 Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, Mystery Writers of America
- 2014 Gold Star, Mystery/Suspense, Military Writers Society of America
- 2014 Youth Literature Award, Middle East Outreach Council
- A Best Novel for Adult Readers, National Federation of Press Women
- Nominated for Best Suspense Lovey Award, Love Is Murder Conference


"...an exceptionally well-written tale of love, loss, trust, and greed with appeal that reaches far beyond mystery fans." - Publishers Weekly

The battered body of an Afghan boy is found at the base of a cliff outside a remote village in Afghanistan. Did he fall as most of the villagers think? Or is this the work of American soldiers, as others want to believe, with the US Army at a training outpost nearby.

Sofi, the boy's illiterate young mother, is desperate to learn the truth about her son's death. Her world is turned upside down, first by the US troops and then by extremists who move in and offer to roust the "infidels" from the region.

Defying all odds, Sofi secretly learns to read with the help of Mita Samuelson, an American aid worker. The Afghan woman develops her own interpretation of how to live the good life while discovering the identity of her son's murderer. With fierce and independent courage, she also learns the extremists' real purpose in her village.

As they search for answers, the characters come to the same realization: In each of their separate cultures, the urge to preserve a way of life can lead to a fundamentalism that destroys a society's basic values.

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Seventh Street Books
Paperback: $15.95
978-1-61614-702-0
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