Review: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

I finished The Dressmaker on February 27, and I really liked it!


Cover: Interesting

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 4

Overall: Good

Characters: Good

Plot: Typical

Page Turner: Sure

Series Cont: No

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: None

My review for The Dressmaker of Khair Khana:
This book is a 4 star book. The Dressmaker is a biography about a woman named Kamila who lived in Afghanistan in the late 1990s when the Taliban came and took over. She has a fairly large family, and seems to be the 3rd child of 8. Kamila’s parents and older brother had to leave Khair Khana, which left Kamila to figure out how to care for her 5 younger sisters and her other brother. The Taliban put hard laws for the citizens to follow. Couple of these laws were that women can’t go out in public (stay in homes) and if they did go out in public they must have their face covered with a chaldri, and women also weren’t allowed to work or go to school. So how was Kamila going to provide for her family? Well, the answer came with the help of her older sister, Malika. Malika knew how to sew and she had a family of her own so Kamila asked Malika to teach her how to sew. Kamila is a quick learner, but how is she going to use her new skill and still provide? How she going to help the other women and her community? But most of all, will she survive this time of trouble?

The Dressmaker reminds me of Mona Golabek’s Chilrdren of Willesden Lane and Ruta Septys’ Between the Shades of Gray (which are 2 of my favorite books), which show that women can become a big part to others in times of trouble. If you liked reading the Dressmaker, I recommend reading Between the Shades of Gray next or Children of Willesden Lane.

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