Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
A Novel

75%

6 Critic Reviews

The story grips readers with suspense, even more so because the first half of the novel alternates between the summer of 1973...winter of 1974, when Pasha is in a psychiatric hospital slowly remembering and coming to terms with the painful past.
-Star Tribune

Synopsis

From "a striking new talent"(Sandra Dallas, author of Tallgrass) comes an unforgettable debut novel of young love and coming of age in an Iran headed toward revolution.

In this poignant, eye-opening and emotionally vivid novel, Mahbod Seraji lays bare the beauty and brutality of the centuries-old Persian culture, while reaffirming the human experiences we all share.

In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran's sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, joking around one minute and asking burning questions about life the next. He also hides a secret love for his beautiful neighbor Zari, who has been betrothed since birth to another man. But the bliss of Pasha and Zari's stolen time together is shattered when Pasha unwittingly acts as a beacon for the Shah's secret police. The violent consequences awaken him to the reality of living under a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice...

Watch a Video

 

About Mahbod Seraji

See more books from this Author
Mahbod Seraji was born in Iran, and came to the United States in the 1970s.He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
 
Published March 24, 2009 by NAL. 372 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Rooftops of Tehran
All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Refreshingly filled with love rather than sex, this coming-of-age novel examines the human cost of political repression.

Read Full Review of Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel | See more reviews from Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Mar 30 2009

Seraji captures the thoughts and emotions of a young boy and creates a moving portrait of the history and customs of the Persians and life in Iran during this period.

Read Full Review of Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Kerri Westenberg on Jul 07 2009

The story grips readers with suspense, even more so because the first half of the novel alternates between the summer of 1973...winter of 1974, when Pasha is in a psychiatric hospital slowly remembering and coming to terms with the painful past.

Read Full Review of Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel | See more reviews from Star Tribune

Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski on May 08 2009

ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN is one of those rare books that stays with you long after the last page has been turned. It reminds us of the good and bad in life, that joy has a painful side, and that love comes in many forms.

Read Full Review of Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel

Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Melissa Howard on Jun 04 2009

Seraji is a gifted writer. He uses language beautifully...His clean prose seldom drops into sentimentality and so the reader leaves the book refreshed.

Read Full Review of Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel

San Francisco Chronicle

Good
Reviewed by Regan McMahon on May 17 2009

His novel is very cinematic, not only in how it portrays the close-knit neighborhood of the main characters - the alley where the kids play soccer...and confess their love - but also in the way the story builds momentum.

Read Full Review of Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel

Reader Rating for Rooftops of Tehran
91%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 222 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×