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An emotional and sweeping memoir of love and survival - and of a committed and desperate family uprooted and divided by the violent, changing landscape of Afghanistan in the early 1980s.

Before the Soviet invasion of 1980, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home - Kabul, Afghanistan - as peaceful, prosperous, and filled with people from all walks of life. But after her mother, unsettled by growing political unrest, leaves for medical treatment in India, the civil war intensifies, changing young Enjeela’s life forever. Amid the rumble of invading Soviet tanks, Enjeela and her family are thrust into chaos and fear when it becomes clear that her mother will not be coming home. 

Thus begins an epic, reckless, and terrifying five-year journey of escape for Enjeela, her siblings, and their father to reconnect with her mother. In navigating the dangers ahead of them, and in looking back at the wilderness of her homeland, Enjeela discovers the spiritual and physical strength to find hope in the most desperate of circumstances. 

A heart-stopping memoir of a girl shaken by the brutalities of war and empowered by the will to survive, The Broken Circle brilliantly illustrates that family is not defined by the borders of a country but by the bonds of the heart.

©2019 Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Poems by Hafiz translated into English by the author.

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“Full of vivid detail and emotion, this compelling memoir captures the ache of a young child desperate for safety and security.” (Kirkus Reviews)  

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  • Pam Pearson
  • 13-07-19

Take heed

This book should be required reading for all Americans. From the perspective of what some go through to become American’s while God blessed us by being born in this country, that we all too often take for granted. More importantly how, if we allow our government to be taken over by any specific interest such as extreme ideals or morals of communism, fascism, Religious fundamentalism, etc. all that has been built can be lost far too quickly. It can begin with the smallest of things and then grow into a wave impossible to stop as it did in Germany and Italy causing WWII, and as this book indicates Afghanistan, Iran and other parts of the world today. Germans didn’t think it could happen there, Afghans didn’t think it could happen there, we American’s don’t think it can happen here; but, it can, it has and it will if we do not fight to maintain our constitutional rights and governmental balance of power as defined by our founding fathers.

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  • Grown Heeyah
  • 15-10-19

A must Listen!

A glimpse into the past of a country, and a family, with a much needed lesson in humanity, grit, and family.

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  • Connie
  • 25-08-19

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What courage and resiliance for such a small child to go through to escape a bad government. It shows that any family can have great love for each other.

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  • Skye
  • 23-09-20

Hidden treasure

I was unsure of this book when I started but I’m so glad I got it and listened. The performance was wonderfully done and the story is incredible. I thought I knew the history of the USSR in Afghanistan but I did not. Not only is this a great story about survival but it’s also about how family can make all the difference in the world.
There are a lot of lessons to learn in this story. I know that I probably missed some & will need to listen again to it.

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  • Poriotis
  • 12-08-19

Amazing story

This is an amazing story. It will keep you listening.

I didn't like the ending though and I was close to giving it 3 stars but I decided that it's worth more. I believe the author could have spent another chapter to summarize the remaining of her life's journey. This leads me to believe there might be a second book in the works.

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  • NorthGenia
  • 20-05-19

inspired me to learn

good family dynamics, interesting "quest", inspired me to learn more about the history of the area.

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  • Terri
  • 13-03-19

Great!

Couldn’t put it down, the story is fascinating and very easy to follow. Enjeela’s adventures were believable and difficult for a young girl and her family in the midst of political upheaval.

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  • Scott
  • 24-09-19

If you like stories told by a 7 year old...

the narrator is the only thing that kept me going until chapter 12. the story itself was interesting up until chapter 11. then the fantasies and wild tales told by 7 year old girl took over and ruined the entire story. I gave up and stopped listening. somehow she stared down a wolf just a few feet away from her and their souls touched. next she wanders into a cave and found her way to the deep back of the cave and finds a clear pool of water which she swims in. next she's on the hunt with her pocket knife looking for scorpions and killing them left and right and sticking them in a jar of magic scorpion medicine. just too unbelievable. she is a rich, spoiled, whiny, disobedient, Brat who constantly put herself and her family in danger because of her immaturity and disobedience. an alcoholic father and a mother who just takes one child and leaves for India. very hard to believe that this is a true story.

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  • Lindy68
  • 13-06-21

Definitely Not a Favorite Reader

Struggled to finish. might have enjoyed more if I had read in book format. The reader's performance was too lilting and "sing song" for such a serious subject. it was all I could do to make myself finish the book.

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  • Ginny G
  • 05-06-21

worth the time to listen

it is a well written story of escape from Afganistan. we can never bvb really know what they endured