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This story is extremely powerful and eyeopening ...giving the reader a glimpse into life for women in this turbulent and brutal time. A government change that forced women into near housearrest, took away personal liberties and education, and the ability to earn a living.

I did feel at times that the book "glossed" over the events, realities and hardships experienced by these women and their families. I felt like we were only hearing how much this family accomplished and how much good they did in their community rather than how difficult and perilous this journey was for them. And in saying that I'm not suggesting this book or the family were braggingmore that the author focused primarily on the positives rather than delving into the Taliban underbelly. And that's not a bad thing.

It was also refreshing to read a book about women and their achievements. It was lovely to hear about success and joy in a place where all we seem to see and hear in the media is hardship and brutality.

The style of writing is simplistic, an easy read, not too deep or confusing. I liked the way this book forced you to think about the issues, and put yourself in their shoesimagine how I would react if the Taliban (or other) came to my home and changed everything about the way I lived, worked, dressed. Imagine how I would survive, help my family when all the doors seemed closed. Deep respect for these women of Kabul and thankful to author for bearing witness and sharing their story. Gale Tzemach Lemmon offers us a profile in courage about a young woman who defied the daunting odds in Talibancontrolled Kabul to established a business that offered employment, income and hope to her family and neighbors, at a time when all three were in very short supply.

One of the many awful aspects of the extreme form of Islam practiced by the Afghan Taliban is their complete subjugation of women. Women are not allowed to leave their homes unless accompanied by a male relative. They are not allowed to work outside the home. When in public, women must at all times wear the headtotoecovering burkah, also known as a chadri. The list of forbiddens goes on like a list of biblical begats, and shifts with the moods of local commanders. When the Taliban took over control of most of Afghanistan in 1996, they made their version of Sharia the law of the land, and a dark age (or a darker age, anyway, as it had not been a frolicsome garden spot before) fell over the land. However, even in the darkest of times, there are always some points of light. Kamela Sediqi was one shining example.

Sediqi and her family were Tajiks, the second largest ethnic group in the country. The Taliban are Pashtun, the largest. Remaining resistance to Taliban rule was centered north of Kabul among groups of largely Tajik ethnicity. Believing that all ethnic Tajiks were thus suspect, the Taliban engaged in a widespread campaign of oppression, particularly against Tajik males. Sediqi’s father, even with over thirty years in the Afghanistan military, knew that his service was of less significance to the Taliban than his Tajik ancestry. He fled to the north, placing leadership of the family in the hands of the young Kamela, a recent graduate of the Kabul Teacher Training academy. As new head of her family, Kamela struggled to find some way for the family to earn income. The education system was in tatters, particularly for women, so teaching was not an option. Although she had no experience with tailoring, she recognized that there was an unmet need and, with the assistance of her expertseamstress sister, Malekheh, and her many other sisters, she began a small business sewing clothing for sale by local tailors.

Soon demand for her family’s products exceeded the family’s ability to produce them, so Kamela began taking on trustworthy neighbors. Everyone who worked at her home was thrilled to have any work at all, given how difficult it was for women to work in this malesonly world. Still, Kamela had to contend with the everpresent threat of beating and/or arrest by roaming groups of sharia enforcers. Lemmon tells how the business thrived and kept growing during the trying time of Taliban control. After their removal from power in 2001, her business boomed, branching off into various other directions. Kamela’s little sewing shop had become a considerable concern. She was also recruited by the NGOs that had returned to Kabul, to try to find ways to use her expertise to educate a new generation of entrepreneurial women.

Lemmon does an excellent job of keeping herself out of the story, recreating Kamela’s tale from 1996 to the present, but mostly until the 2001 US retaliation for 9/11. It reads very quickly. She communicates quite well the sense of ubiquitous danger and fear that permeated the country. One of the great concerns present today is that the Taliban will return to some measure of power, and women’s hardfought gains will be lost. It is not an idle concern.

There are many stories to be told about Afghanistan and the Taliban. Lemmon’s tale is very revealing, about what is possible with intelligence, craft and determination, even when faced with overwhelming opposition. Kamela’s small business triumph is a pretty big deal, showing one way in which elements of the devastated Afghan economy can rebuild.

However, it is not the only deal. I found that Lemmon’s businesscentric view of the world may have caused her to overlook some things. Lest one believe that this is a story of a poor girl making good, Kamela did not come from a poor family. In the very beginning we are introduced to her as a teaching institute graduate, which speaks of the availability of resources beyond the norm in this poor country. That the family had a spare apartment that they rented to a doctor for income indicates more of the same. Surely, her father’s decades of service in the national army contributed to that. While the family may not have been wealthy by American standards, they were pretty well off by Kabul standards. This takes nothing away from Kamela’s bravery or accomplishment. We work with what we have. But the significance is in what one extrapolates from the experience.

I get the impression that Lemmon sees entrepreneurship in almost religious terms. If only we would let people make businesses everything would be fabulous. The educational and financial opportunities Kamela enjoyed were not available to many women. She had a leg up. Which is ok, unless one seeks to use the example of Kamela as the sole model for how to rebuild. Then it becomes dishonest. Kamela is a remarkable individual. Well if she could do it, why can’t you? And that is how I fear this book might be used, as a means of promoting a particular ideology. Entrepreneurship can be hugely creative and productive but it is not the only tool in the toolbox. Public and NGO programs have a significant place in economic reconstruction, whether the scarred surface is Kabul or Brownsville.

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is a readable, interesting look at one aspect of life under Taliban tyranny, and any such effort that fuels hope for a better future is most welcome. I felt this book, although wellintended, was trite, shallow and implausible. The main character, Kamila, takes it upon herself to start a homebased business designing and sewing custom dresses for women in Kabul during the time of a civil war when the Taliban essentially ruled Kabul and surrounding areas. I simply do not find it feasible that women living under the Taliban would need such garments when it was a struggle to even get food on the table for their families. I would not even recommend it for reading by young students in middle school or high school. The New York Times placed the book in the nonfiction category on their expanded best seller list. To me it was more of a novel and belongs in "fiction". There was no emotional depth whatsoever. The book was also quite lacking in the details of daily life in Kabul during this period. There was also no followup or analysis of what is going on there today even though the book was published only recently. Anyone who merely glances at the news each day knows that Afghanistan, including Kabul, is a very dangerous place with increased bombings, corruption, political and economic insecurity.

I have read many books dealing with both other cultures and current events. Other books that were much more meaningful include "Half The Sky" by Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn. The subject is the oppression of women worldwide and measures being taken to alleviate their suffering. Also, "The Blue Sweater" by Jacqueline Novogratz, was thoughtfully and carefully written and provided deep insights into the issues, success stories and limitations of the microfinance enterprises available to assist women worldwide. A flawed book with the best of intentions

The Taliban arrived in Kabul the day Kamila Sidiqi received her teaching certificate. Shortly thereafter, the teenager became the unofficial head of a large household of younger siblings (mostly female) after her parents and teenage brother fled to safety in the countryside and Pakistan, respectively. The young women quickly adapted to the restrictions imposed by the Taliban on movements (leaving the house only at certain times of day, always accompanied by a male relative escort, covered by a head to toe veil) and women's working (not allowed except for small domestic industry within the home). But Kamila soon realised that she would need to think up something to support the family, so she started a dressmaking business with her siblings, soon putting many young women in the neighbourhood to work as well.

Although the story is compelling, the book suffers from being poorly written and edited. We get a series of vignettes, painted with detail, but not well. I would rather have had some transitional passages than to read about how someone reclined on a red floor cushion or tossed a thick braid over her shoulder. Some details are contradictory or don't seem realistic (she learned to make a dress in one afternoon, the dress was able to be marketed, and she was able to instantly teach her sisters). The younger sisters are nearly interchangeable except for their job descriptions: we only really get a personality for Kamila and Malika. The mother arrives back in Kabul, supposedly to stay, and quickly leaves again with no explanation. Months or years pass and the reader is left confused about how old the sisters are now... and so forth. While I find the character of Kamila compelling I felt this book had a bit of a Polyanna attitude. No one in the family had any apparent flaws, there were no arguments (except for one time when Malika breathes deeply for a few minutes), and every decision made by Kamila, no matter how rash, turns out to be a good one. The explanation of the fall of Kabul to American occupation is rushed through, and certain phrases are repeated over and over ("the men from Kandahar"). I suspect the author was a little bit too in love with the family to write objectively. Also, this book could have been edited with a much heavier hand to delineate the timeline, clear up inconsistent detail, and eliminate some of the tired prose.

It is only because the story of Kamila and her sisters is so compelling that I finished the book at all. They deserved a better book than this one.