Storytellers front cover high resClick image to buy the book.About Storytellers

This is a suspense novel set in Christmas week 1984 in Peshawar, an age-old crossroads city by the Khyber Pass in Pakistan’s North West Frontier. As the story makes more and more clear, this is a critical time and place in modern world history.

Street of Storytellers centers on four teenage characters:

Luke, the narrator, an American who is angry that he’s been brought here over his holiday vacation by his dad, a professor of ancient history;

Yusuf, a waiter in Luke’s hotel, who with his family has fled the terrible violence in next-door Afghanistan, a nation in revolt against its military occupiers, the Soviet Union;

Danisha, the daughter of a local history professor, who has taken some big risks in joining a women’s resistance to the rise of religious extremism in her community; and

Rasheed, Dani’s older brother, who has joined a new group of young, would-be holy warriors who hope to join the fight against the Soviets — and are led by a wealthy man, recently arrived from Saudi Arabia, named Osama bin Laden.

What happens to these four in this fast-moving story, and the choices they find they must make, raises striking parallels to our own place and time — another critical time in world history.



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