Nadia Hashimi was born and raised in New York and New Jersey. Both her parents were born in Afghanistan and left in the early 1970s, before the Soviet invasion. Her mother, granddaughter of a notable Afghan poet, traveled to Europe to obtain a Master’s degree in civil engineering and her father came to the United States, where he worked hard to fulfill his American dream and build a new, brighter life for his immediate and extended family. Nadia was fortunate to be surrounded by a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins, keeping the Afghan culture an integral part of their daily lives.
Nadia attended Brandeis University where she obtained degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Biology. In 2002, she made her first trip to Afghanistan with her parents who had not returned to their homeland since leaving in the 1970s.
Nadia, while a medical student in Brooklyn, remained active as a community organizer for the Afghan-American community. She completed her pediatric training at NYU/Bellevue hospitals before moving to Maryland with her husband. She’s a “Lady Doc,” a network of female physicians who exercise, eat and blog together.
On days away from pediatrics, Nadia began cultivating stories. Her upbringing, experiences and love for reading came together in the novels based on the country of her parents and ancestors.
In 2018, she ran (unsuccessfully but cheerfully) for the congressional seat in her district as a democratic candidate, calling out the extensive “mansplaining” in healthcare.
She and her husband are the beaming parents of four curious, rock star children, two goldfish, a territorial African Grey parrot and a naughty Rhodesian Ridgeback.