is a spirited young journalist who works for the Kabul Daily in
Afgahnistan. She takes care of her ill, widowed mother and her
younger brother, Jahan. But then Rukshana is summoned to pear
at the infamous Ministry for the Propogation of Viture and the
Prevention of Vice, and their quiet and tenous way of life is
the malevolent minister, Zorak Wahidi, announces the Taliban has
found a new way to pursue the diplomatic respect it has long been
denied: cricket. On the world stage of sport, the Taliban will
prove it is a fair and just society. Rukshana and other journalists
are to report that a tournament will be held to detemine who will
play for Afghanistan. Anyone can can put together a team. The
winner will travel to Pakistan to train, then go on to represent
Afghanistan around the world.
Rukshana knows that this is a shameful and deeply surreal, idea.
The Taliban will never embrace a game rooted in civility, fairness
and equality, with no tolerance for violence or cheating. And
no one in Afghanistan even knows how to play the game.
Except for Rukshana.
US- Ecco; Canada- Harper
Collins; UK - Allen & Unwin; Australia - Allen & Unwin;
India - Aleph, Mehta (Mahrati); France - MercuredeFrance; Norway
- Juritzen Forlag; Romania- Editura Allfa Sri; Netherlands - Cargo.