In the Walled Gardens by Anahita Firouz
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Set in the exotic, seductive world of pre-revolutionary Iran, IN THE WALLED GARDENS tells the nostalgic and moving story of Mahastee and Reza, who loved each other as children but have not seen each other for 20 years.Mahastee, who has become trapped by the privileged society she has grown up in, is struggling to keep her identity in the face of the increasingly empty role she inhabits. Reza has grown up to become a Marxist revolutionary, leading underground meetings and living on the edge. When chance brings the two together again, their encounters are a portrait not only of an ill-fated love, but of two worlds at odds, moving ever closer to a doomed collision.


About Anahita Firouz

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Anahita Firouz was born in Iran and graduated with a Masters degree from Boston University. After studies at the Sorbonne, she returned to Iran and worked there until 1980. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children.
Published May 9, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 352 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The two begin a love affair that is all-consumingly dangerous at an equally dangerous time: the late 1970s, just as the Shah’s regime is beginning to crumble.

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The underlying corruption of prosperous prerevolutionary Tehran provides the backdrop for this stilted first novel, alternately narrated by Mahastee, a wealthy, unhappily married woman whose husband is one of the business elite, and Reza, a Marxist underground revolutionary who is the son of the ...

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• Read a Review • Reading Group Guide Not long before the revolution begins in Iran, Reza Nirvani catches site of Mahastee Mosharraf, his childhood love, at a crowded outdoor concert.

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