The Poppy Field Diary

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Through the dancing poppies stole
A breeze most softly lulling to my soul
John Keats

“In Richard’s poetic, introspective first novel, after an Afghan woman marries for love in a culture of arranged marriages and multiple wives, she begins a lifelong journey of self-discovery . . . Richard concludes each chapter with haiku-like poems, but his prose also sings lyrically . . . Despite the meditative nature of the narrative, historical action continuously looms in the background–the Soviet collapse, factional warring, the rise of the Taliban, and the similarly timed attacks on the World Trade Center and mujahedeen leader Ahmad Shah Massoud.”

“A highly personal story that mines the psychology of betrayal and forgiveness . . .” Kirkus Reviews

“The descriptive passages were outstanding, very vivid, and the reader feels certain that they reflect the author’s experiences. The author knows the culture of Afghanistan and presents it in a sympathetic manner, rather than in the judgmental fashion that one might expect from a Western observer. I feel that my review does not do justice to this book. It is easy to read, it is thought-provoking, and it will stir your emotions. It is absolutely a wonderful book!” 5 Stars, David Burnett for the Kindle Book Review

“I was drawn into this book from the first chapter.” 5 Stars, Samantha Dewitt for the Readers Favorite Review

exquisitely written . . . simply beautiful . . . I could not put it down . . . compelling . . . captivating . . . gripping and heartfelt . . . stunningly moving and poetic. Amazon Reader Reviews

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