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Daughter of the Wind


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Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
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A powerful story about a young girl's struggle to have autonomy within the constraints of her society. Shabanu, you are as wild as the wind. You must learn to obey. Shabanu lives with her family in Pakistan's Cholistan Desert, in a society that denies women any form of independence. At twelve years old, Shabanu is already betrothed, while her sister Phelan, a year older, is about to be married. Then tragedy strikes and Shabanu is faced with a decision that will change her life for ever - she must choose between the strength of her own dreams of freedom and her obligation to her family and culture...

Author Biography

Suzanne Fisher Staples worked for many years as a United Press International Correspondent in Hong Kong, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. She has also worked on the news desk of The Washington Post. During her years in Pakistan she became involved with the nomads of the Cholistan Desert, who are the main characters in Daughter of the Wind. "It was the unfailing generosity and courage of the people of Cholistan that inspired me to write this book," she says. "They are an extraordinary people - noble and generous, though they have no material wealth, full of great dignity and honour." The customs and conditions of the nomads may seem very foreign to Western readers but, says the author, "their lifestyle is very relevant to people in our society because even though, by comparison, most of us have all the freedom in the world, we still have many of the same conflicts: the way we face up to the expectations of our families, the influences that pull us in many different directions, and the way we feel about it all. These are the same." Suzanne Fisher Staples lives in Chatanooga, Tennessee.
Release date NZ
April 8th, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Walker Books Ltd
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