Posted on 02/06/2019 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Anyone who consumes national news has certainly heard reporters observe that the U.S. has been in Afghanistan for nearly a generation now, leaving many of us to think of it solely as a land of suffering and strife.

Author Jamil Jan Kochai wants to present an entirely different view of that country, though.

His new coming-of-age novel, 99 Nights in Logar, is set in the city in Afghanistan that he traveled to with his family as a kid.

As he tells NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro, he wanted the book to show residents’ daily lives — what they talk about, what they eat, what they bicker about — and not the war-torn country that Americans imagine it to be.

Kochai also describes the youthful memory that set him on this writing journey and the stylistic inspiration he found along the way in the interview, which you can listen to below or read on NPR’s website.

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