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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Farah Ahmedi  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Ahmedi lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Farah Ahmedi is a motivational speaker, refugee, survivor and author. Her book chronicles her journey from war to peace. It delivers a vivid portrait of her girlhood in Kabul, where the sound of gunfire and the sight of falling bombs shaped her life and stole her family. She herself narrowly escapes death when she steps on a land mine. This event takes her to refugee camps across the border, and finally to America. Ahmedi proves that even in the direst circumstances, not only can the human heart endure, it can thrive. Farah Ahmedi is a trure inspiration to us all.


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Titles At Your Library

The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir
ISBN: 141691837X

Gallery Books. 2006

Farah Ahmedi recounts her heartbreaking journey from war-torn Kabul to America in her New York Times bestselling inspirational memoir.

Farah Ahmedi's "poignant tale of survival" (Chicago Tribune) chronicles her journey from war to peace. Equal parts tragedy and hope, determination and daring, Ahmedi's memoir delivers a remarkably vivid portrait of her girlhood in Kabul, where the sound of gunfire and the sight of falling bombs shaped her life and stole her family. She herself narrowly escapes death when she steps on a land mine. Eventually the war forces her to flee, first over the mountains to refugee camps across the border, and finally to America. Ahmedi proves that even in the direst circumstances, not only can the human heart endure, it can thrive. The Other Side of the Sky is "a remarkable journey" (Chicago Sun-Times), and Farah Ahmedi inspires us all.


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