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In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known.
As Isaac navigates the tedium and terrors of prison, forging tenuous trusts, his wife feverishly searches for him, suspecting, all the while, that their once-trusted housekeeper has turned on them and is now acting as an informer. And as his daughter, in a childlike attempt to stop the wave of baseless arrests, engages in illicit activities, his son, sent to New York before the rise of the Ayatollahs, struggles to find happiness even as he realizes that his family may soon be forced to embark on a journey of incalculable danger.
A page-turning literary debut, The Septembers of Shiraz simmers with questions of identity, alienation, and love, not simply for a spouse or a child, but for all the intangible sights and smells of the place we call home.
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Dalia Sofer was born in Iran and fled at the age of ten to the United States with her family. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has been a resident at Yaddo. A graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, she lives in New York City.Review:
“A remarkable debut...richly evocative, powerfully affecting...as beautiful and delicate as a book about suffering can be.” (Claire Messud, New York Times Book Review)
“Dalia Sofer’s debut novel marks itself out as extraordinary...an impressive debut.” (Wall Street Journal)
“First time novelist Dalia Sofer does the House of Sand and Fog one better by weaving a story from four perspectives, offering a unique glimpse into the emotional fallout from political upheaval and what it’s like to know you’re about to lose everything.” (Marie Claire)
“Sofer successfully uses the rich details of a sense-saturated country to emphasize how alone her characters feel despite an appearance of family and comfort...as Sofer elegantly demonstrates in this novel...the true survivor is one who learns to preserve his identity.” (The Jewish Daily Forward)
“The same seems true about talent, which Sofer clearly possesses in abundance.” (Chicago Tribune)
“[A] gripping first novel...Sofer’s prose is lyrical and sometimes haunting.” (Miami Herald)
“In her gripping debut novel...Sofer creates a page-turner that leaves you wanting to know more.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
“...her elegant prose works magic...Sofer perfectly captures Iran’s transition to theocratic republic.” (Financial Times)
“...brave and humane first novel... exquisite and profoundly moving.” (Weekly Standard)
“Gripping work...a powerful story honestly told.” (Christian Science Monitor)
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Book Description Picador, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110330447696
Book Description Picador, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0330447696