Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
This is a powerful story set in modern day Afghanistan, about a young woman with a cleft lip. It is unheard of here to go without medical treatment, but in Afghanistan, there are few doctors, and one must travel far to get treatment. This novel is based on some of the author's actual events while stationed with the Army. It is saddening, yet filled with so much hope. It would be very hard to read this, and not have the girl, Zulaikha, change your life forever.