Interview with Deborah Ellis
Canadian writer and political activist Deborah Ellis, whose work has been translated into 17 languages, gives her readers a realistic portrait of life for women in modern day Afghanistan under the Taliban regime in The Breadwinner Trilogy. In The Breadwinner (2001), Parvana, an eleven-year-old girl, disguises herself as a boy to earn money to feed her family after her father is arrested. Two connected novels, Parvana’s Journey (2002) and Mud City (2003), follow the plight of strong heroines Parvana and her friend Shauzia as refugees in their war torn country. Ellis has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2000 Governor General’s Award, one of Canada's premier literary awards, for Looking for X; the 2003 Jane Addams Book Award for Parvana’s Journey; and, most recently, a Jane Addams Book Award Special Commendation for The Breadwinner Trilogy.