Parvana is in the midst of a Taliban ruled Aghanistan. Being a girl, she is confined to the strict rules of the Talib men. And so, when her father is taken away and imprisoned – Parvana must begin being a boy.
With no-one else to earn food and money, she is forced to disguise herself as a male to produce the bread that Parvana and her family will survive on.
The Breadwinner is an entirely new story of Taliban ruled life. The idea of a girl being turned into a boy to escape the Taliban restrictions is unused and adds originality and excitement to the book. As well as this, it emphasises the difference in the way boys and girls are treated and allows the reader to see it from a new perspective.