on November 17, 2009
Wanting Mor is a powerful story for young adult readers. The title works on two levels, Mor is the Pushto word for mother and the character wants 'more' than her opium addicted delusional father can provide. After the sudden death of her mother, Jameela and her father move to Kabul where his addictions lead him to make a number of bad choices. He ultimately abandons her in the market. Grieving for her mother and devastated by her father's abandonment Mor blames herself, and her cleft lip, for not being good enough to love. She finds love and acceptance in an orphanage but continues to be plagued by the abandonment by her father. A plot twist brings her back into contact with her father and the book explores issues of redemption and forgiveness. Jameela, taking strength from her religion and the memory of her mother, becomes stronger. Ultimately, it is about the strength of the human spirit to overcome loss and tragedy without blaming and bitterness. The novel also invites the reader into another country, culture and religion without taking sides in a political battle. This will be an insightful and emotionally engaging read for a young adult.