Skip to Main Content

Call Her Freedom

A Novel

About The Book

A sweeping family saga following one woman’s struggle to protect her culture and her family amidst the backdrop of a military occupation.

In the foothills of the Himalayas, the picturesque mountain village of Poshkarbal is home to lush cherry and apple orchards and a thriving community—one divided by a patrolled border. Aisha and her mother Noorjahan live on the outskirts—two women alone in a world dominated by men. As the village midwife, Noorjahan teaches Aisha how to heal using local herbs and remedies. Isolated but content, Aisha is shocked when Noorjahan decides it is time for her to attend the village school as few girls do. Despite the taunting of her classmates and the teacher’s initial resistance to having her in the class, Aisha becomes a star student, destined for college.

When Aisha’s hand is bequeathed to a local boy in the village, she is forced to abandon her dreams of college. She comforts herself by staying on her ancestral land, creating a nourishing life with her children and husband. But her mother’s secrets come back to haunt her and her marriage and the growing military presence in Poshkarbal force Aisha to make impossible choices in order to save her family and preserve the independence Noorjahan fought for. What follows is a family chronicle brimming with life, love, and humor, about sacrifice and honor, and fighting for your home and culture in the face of occupation.

A deeply moving novel about one woman’s love for her family, this is an epic investigation of colonialism, militarization, and the loss and innocence on the journey to creating home. Spanning 1969 to 2022, Call Her Freedom is a love story that untangles family secrets and heals generational wounds, announcing Tara Dorabji as a thrilling new voice in fiction.

About The Author

Sheila Menezes

Tara Dorabji is the daughter of Parsi-Indian and German-Italian migrants. Her debut novel, Call Her Freedom, is the Simon & Schuster’s Books Like Us grand prize winner. Her documentary film series on human rights defenders in Kashmir won awards at more than a dozen film festivals throughout Asia and the USA. Her work has appeared in publications such as Al Jazeera, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Huizache, and acclaimed anthologies Good Girls Marry Doctors and All the Women in My Family Sing. She lives in Northern California with her family and pet rabbit. 

 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 21, 2025)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668051672

Browse Related Books

Raves and Reviews

Call Her Freedom is a powerful chronicle of one woman’s life set against the brutality of one of the longest conflicts in the world. It tells the powerful story of what it means to survive the unthinkable while attempting to retain love and liberation. This is a must-read.”
—NAYOMI MUNAWEERA, author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors and What Lies Between Us

Call Her Freedom is a powerful chronicle of one woman’s life set against the brutality of one of the longest conflicts in the world. It tells the powerful story of what it means to survive the unthinkable while attempting to retain love and liberation. This is a must-read.”
—NAYOMI MUNAWEERA, author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors and What Lies Between Us

Resources and Downloads

High Resolution Images