99 Nights in Logar

99 Nights in Logar

A coming-of-age story about one boy’s journey across contemporary Afghanistan to find and bring home the family dog, blending the grit and immediacy of voice-driven fiction like We Need New Names with the mythmaking of One Thousand and One Nights.

Twelve-year-old Marwand’s memories from his previous visit to Afghanistan six years ago center on his contentious relationship with Budabash, the terrifying but beloved dog who guards his extended family’s compound in Logar. Eager to find an ally in this place that’s meant to be “home,” Marwand approaches Budabash the way he would any dog on his American suburban block—and the results are disastrous: Marwand loses a finger and Budabash escapes.

The resulting search for the family dog is an expertly told adventure, a ninety-nine-night quest that sends Marwand and his cousins across the landscape of Logar. Moving between celebrations and tragedies, deeply humorous and surprisingly tender, 99 Nights in Logar is a vibrant exploration of the power of stories—the ones we tell each other, and the ones we find ourselves in.

Title:99 Nights in Logar
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525559191
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    99 Nights in Logar Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Jamil Jan Kochai writes a beautifully multilayered and complex novel structured with stories within the main narrative that comprises of a coming of age tale and the challenges of identity and belongi...

  • Peter

    Enlightenment99 Nights in Logar is a well-crafted novel where the main plot thread is entwined with multiple tales, incidents, interesting characters, enthralling history and a harsh location. There i...

  • Faith M ?

    I received this ARC from Viking via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way. All quotes are taken from the uncorrected proof and a...

  • Carolyn

    Twelve year old Marwand and his family have traveled from their new home in America to to visit their extended families in the Logar Province of Afghanistan. It is six years since they were last there...

  • Cathy

    Built partly around the story of a road trip Marwand and his three companions make in search of the escaped Budabesh, 99 Nights in Logar is an insight into Afghan culture, the recent turbulent history...

  • Emi Bevacqua

    12-year old Marwand's family has journeyed back home to Logar, Afghanistan, from the States for the long hot summer of 2005. In the beginning of the book his English is strong and he describes struggl...

  • Nadine

    This starts charmingly as a kind of Afghan Tom Sawyer story of four boy cousins in the rural village of Logar who go on adventures (still stopping to pray 5 times a day), endlessly watch Rambo III on ...

  • Devyn

    I received this book from Goodreads.I had to force myself to finish 99 Nights in Logar.To make a very long and very angry rant short(ish):Twelve-year-old Marwand is a insecure, angry little boy with t...

  • Andy Weston

    12 year old Marwand is visiting his homeland in Afghanistan along with his family in the summer holidays from school in the US. The mind of a 12 year old does not concern itself with the war that is g...

  • USOM

    TW: Animal abuse99 Nights in Logar is a middle grade that packs a lot into one story. Not only is a story that revolves around the power and influence of stories, but it's about Marwand's quest for hi...