Annie Einan

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2009

Annie Einan

Category Audiobooks
Language English (North American)
Voice Age Young Adult (18-35)
Description In 2019, Annie Einan selected to narrate NY Times best seller, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, author of Kite Runner.
Transcript Note: Transcripts are automatically transcribed and may contain errors.
one. Marium was five years old. The first time she heard the word Haram e. It happened on a Thursday. It must have because Mariam remembered that she had been restless and preoccupied that day, the way she was only on Thursdays, the day when Giulio visited her at the Copa to pass the time until the moment that she would see him at last, crossing the knee high grass in the clearing and waving, Maryam had climbed a chair and taken down her mother's Chinese tea set. The tea set was the sole relic that Mariam's mother, Nana, had of her own mother, who had died. When then that was too Nana cherished each blue and white porcelain piece, the graceful curve of the pot spout, the hand painted finches and chrysanthemums, the dragon on the Sugar Bowl meant to ward off evil. It was this last piece that slipped from Merriam's fingers that fell to the wooden floorboards of the cold Ah, and shattered when Nana saw the bull, her face flushed red and her upper lip shivered and her eyes, both the lazy one and the good, settled on Merriam in a flat, unblinking way. Nana looked so mad that Mariam feared the gin would enter her mother's body again. But the Gen didn't come not that time. Instead, Nana grabbed Maryam by the wrists, pulled her close and through gritted teeth, said, You're a clumsy little Haram E. This is my reward for everything. I've injured an heirloom breaking clumsy little Haram E. At the time Mary M. Did not understand. She did not know what this word Haram me ******* meant. Nor was she old enough to appreciate the injustice to see that it is the creators of the Haram E who are culpable, not the Haram E. It was. Only sin is being born. Marium did surmise by the way, Nana said the word that it was an ugly, loathsome thing to be a Haram e like an insect. Like the scurrying cockroaches, Nana was always cursing and sweeping out of the Colbert. Later, when she was older, Mariam did understand it was the way Nana uttered the word, not so much saying it as spitting it at her that made Mariam feel the full sting of it. She understood then what Nana meant better. Haram e was an unwanted thing that she Mariam was an illegitimate person who would never have legitimate claim to the things other people had. Things such as love, family, home acceptance. Jalil never called marium this name, Jalil said. She was his little flower.