Jeffrey Stern

The Last Thousand

The Last Thousand

One of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2016 (Honorable Mention)

“It’s accessible and entirely engaging.”
– LJ Editors

A “… beautiful, meticulously reported debut … Mr. Stern has a gift for exposition, explaining the confusing geopolitics of the region with a blessed — and welcome — lucidity.”
– The New York Times

“An extremely well-written and sensitive history of a small group of people, the author included, trying to affect discrete and measurable educational progress amid incredible obstacles.”
– Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of What is the What and Zeitoun and co-founder, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation

“Journalist Jeffrey E. Stern brings us the inspiring story of Marefat and its remarkable founder, Aziz Royesh. The book is a paean to the power of education and its potential to peacefully revolutionize a violent nation … The Last Thousand is an extraordinary tale.”
– The Washington Post

The Last Thousand, from St. Martin’s Press, takes place during America’s final year of military occupation in Afghanistan. The stakes of war are explored through the intertwining lives of five members of the Marefat School, an institution in the Western slums of Kabul built by one of the country’s most vulnerable minority groups, as the school community prepares for the departure of foreign troops.


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