I'm only 15 and I'm getting married to a 45 year old.
What am I doing wrong to deserve this?
After secretly leaving Nana to go see Jalil, Mariam came back home and saw that her mom had killed herself. This made Mariam feel like she didn't belong anywhere, "But where do I go now? Where do I belong? (page 40, Housseini).
Since Mariam is not wanted by Jalil, he arranges a marriage for her with a 45 year old man. "Actually your father has already given Rasheed his answer. He is here in Herat; he has come all the way from Kabul"(page 9, Housseini).
Rasheed begins to physically abuse Mariam just because of the way she has cooked food one time and made her eat rocks. "Good. Now you know what your rice tastes like. And what you've given me in this marriage. Bad food and nothing else. Then he was gone, leaving Mariam to spit out pebbles, blood, and the fragments of two broken molars"(page 104, Housseini).