Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni is a remarkable memoir which allows the reader to enjoy an insight into the lives of ordinary Afghan women - and their families - living both in remote villages of the Hazara Jat region and in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Author, Mary Smith spent several years in Afghanistan working for a small mother and child health project, often spending months at a time with her young son in the villages where she shared the hopes, fears, laughter and tears of the women who became her friends.
This book provides a different perspective of women in Afghanistan from the one usually presented by the media - although their lives are far from easy these women are by no means downtrodden victims but courageous women determined to make the best of life for themselves and their children. As well as the opportunity to enjoy meeting the women, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni takes the reader on a journey through some of the most stunning and dramatic landscapes in the world And if you want to know why the chickens were drunk and the macaroni burnt - you'll have to read the book!
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