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From the Editor

As a young American girl growing up in the eighties, my daily pleasures included climbing trees, playing with my neighborhood friends, and lively family discussion around the dinner table. The same was true for Afghan Enjeela Ahmadi—until a series of personal and global events cut her childhood short.

Against the backdrop of mounting political tensions in Kabul, Enjeela’s family is separated when her mother leaves for a medical procedure in New Delhi, taking two of Enjeela’s sisters with her. As the civil war intensifies, and with Enjeela’s brother evading capture by the secret police, her family left in Kabul is targeted for harassment. Her father, growing fearful for the four children still under his roof, makes the decision to attempt to join his wife in India. The Broken Circle is Enjeela’s story of escape, endurance, determination, and pluck as she and three of her siblings flee the war in Afghanistan and embark on a five-year journey, traveling by taxi, bus, car, donkey, and foot across South Asia to reunite with her mother and sisters.

Told from the point of view of a child, this memoir stands out as one of few that have been written about the experiences of living during the time of Afghanistan’s nascent development as a modern country. Today, some in the Western world might think of Kabul as a backward warren of intolerance, corruption, poverty, and cruelty. In Enjeela’s heart and mind, though, Afghanistan was home—a place that worked for all its people, where children climbed trees and families gathered around the table at dinner to laugh and share.

- Erin Calligan Mooney, Editor


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An emotional and sweeping memoir of love and survival—and of a committed and desperate family uprooted and divided by the violent, changing landscape of Afghanistan in the early 1980s.

Before the Soviet invasion of 1980, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home—Kabul, Afghanistan—as peaceful, prosperous, and filled with people from all walks of life. But after her mother, unsettled by growing political unrest, leaves for medical treatment in India, the civil war intensifies, changing young Enjeela’s life forever. Amid the rumble of invading Soviet tanks, Enjeela and her family are thrust into chaos and fear when it becomes clear that her mother will not be coming home.

Thus begins an epic, reckless, and terrifying five-year journey of escape for Enjeela, her siblings, and their father to reconnect with her mother. In navigating the dangers ahead of them, and in looking back at the wilderness of her homeland, Enjeela discovers the spiritual and physical strength to find hope in the most desperate of circumstances.

A heart-stopping memoir of a girl shaken by the brutalities of war and empowered by the will to survive, The Broken Circle brilliantly illustrates that family is not defined by the borders of a country but by the bonds of the heart.

About the Author

Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller was born in 1975 in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is now a citizen of the United States. She also lived in Pakistan and India and speaks several languages, including Farsi, English, Hindi, and Urdu.

An entrepreneur since the age of eighteen, she has owned several businesses: a restaurant (Angelo's Pizza in Los Angeles); a cosmetics line (Ahmadi, sold in spas and salons in LA); retail stores (Bella Bella, Friction, and Milan, all in Dallas); and a clothing line (Henry III Generation, sold in Neiman Marcus and boutiques throughout the US). In 2004 she married prominent Dallas real estate guru Henry S. Miller III, and in 2005 their son, Alexander, was born. A dynamic mother who strives to be as open and giving as possible, she maintains a creative, passionate, artistic, and spiritual outlook on life.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6015 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Little A (1 March 2019)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07DK7FBDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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