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Nadia Hashimi is a pediatrician and international best-selling author. She is of Afghan descent and obtained degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Biology from Brandeis University before acquiring a medical degree and completing pediatric training in New York. Hashimi is also an advocate for women's rights and a public speaker. Her novels include “The Pearl that Broke Its Shell,” “When the Moon is Low” and “A House Without Windows.” Her first novel for young people, “One Half from the East” (HarperCollins), is a coming-of-age tale set in modern-day Afghanistan that explores life as a bacha posh—a preteen girl dressed as a boy. Hashimi lives with her family in Maryland.

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Nadia Hashimi