After 9/11 and the American bombing of Afghanistan that followed, Ann Jones set out for the shattered city. As a volunteer working in humanitarian aid, she hoped to help pick up the pieces; but what she learned there compelled her to take up her pen.
Here is her trenchant report from inside a city struggling to rise from the ruins. Jones works among the multitude of impoverished war widows, and she helps to retrain the city’s tongue-tied high school English teachers, many of them women just emerging from the Taliban’s long confinement.
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KABUL IN WINTER: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan
" We meet many remarkable people in this angry, eloquent book, but none more remarkable than Jones herself." —Harper's Magazine Read Full Article
"A potent and disturbing new book . . . Jones examines the dire situation of women in postwar Afghanistan. Jones,
who spent much time in Kabul's women's prisons and schools, witnessed firsthand the effects of stunning physical
and psychological abuse; the result is a book which stirred in me such uncomfortable emotions that I read it with an ever-tightening knot in my stomach and a hand flying regularly upward to cover my horrified mouth . . . Jones quotes
a phrase that battered women's shelters used in the seventies as a kind of rallying cry: 'World peace begins at home.' That phrase now strikes me as urgently true."
—Rosemary Mahoney, O, The Oprah Magazine
“Jones, a keen observer, captures her surroundings in crisp vignettes, some appalling, others quite comic. . . Kabul in Winter is . . . a work of impassioned reportage, a sympathetic observer’s damage assessment of a country torn apart
. . . eloquent and persuasive.” —The New York Times
A “sharply observed, frequently lyrical memoir . . .” —The Washington Post
“. . . I felt a desire to thank Jones for shining a flashlight on a corner of human experience still so shrouded in shadow.” —The Christian Science Monitor
A “. . . personal story . . . of a committed Western feminist who finds herself immersed in the patriarchal customs of a tribal culture.” —The Baltimore Sun
“Jones gets behind the headlines.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
“This achingly candid commentary brings the country’s sobering truths to light.” —Booklist
A “fascinating volume. Jones’s sharp eye and quick wit enable vivid writing.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“A passionate— often grim— account of a country and a people trying to find peace after decades of war."