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A third year of drought blankets Kabul during the summer of 2000. Across the city, black market  copies of Titanic have taken the people by storm and Laila, Mariam, Aziza, and Zalmai join in,  secretly watching a recording of the film with the curtains drawn and the lights off. Vendors have  flooded the desiccate riverbed and set up "Titanic City," where various knock-off items based on the  film are sold. Also during this summer, a store neighboring Rasheed's shoe store catches fire,  burning down his store as well. After the fire, the family begins selling off whatever they can. Rasheed gets fired from two restaurant  jobs and Laila baits him, suggesting his poor work ethic and bad temper are the cause for his  unemployment. Rasheed attacks Laila and when Mariam defends her, he attacks Mariam, too. Throughout the summer, starvation becomes a possibility. The children lose weight and energy. The 
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