An eighteen-year old American, hungry for purity, moves to the Middle East and studies Islam at a madrasa, discovering what she yearned for in America. Belief determines behavior in Pakistan, where simplicity and honesty replace the hypocrisy she fled from. Disguising herself as a young man, and joining the Taliban, she lives a lie while searching for what is true. John Wray discusses writing about the extremes of subjectivity, and breaking the reader of expectations. 

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Photos by Christopher Ho.