The Persian Bride by James Buchan

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Hailed as a masterpiece in Britain, this epic novel is at once a great love story, a riveting political thriller, and a profound analysis of modern Iran.

It is the spring of 1974, and John Pitt, a young Englishman, sets off for the hippie East, stopping in Iran. There, in the lovely city of Isfahan, he meets the enchanting and spirited Shirin, an Iranian schoolgirl of seventeen. They fall desperately in love, marry in secret, and are forced into hiding. Shirin not only gives John happiness beyond anything he could have dreamed, she gives him her country's terrible history, its beauty and bitterness, its poetry and religious fanaticism. As the old world disintegrates in revolution and terror, John and Shirin are brutally separated. From the corrupt court of the shah to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, in an enduring human quest as old as THE ODYSSEY, John stumbles through history to find his wife.
James Buchan has lived in Iran and knows its people and its culture as few outsiders do. THE PERSIAN BRIDE is unflinching in its vision of twentieth-century chaos and deeply romantic in its marvelous love story. Lyrical and reflective in turn, this is a brilliant and beautiful novel.

About James Buchan

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James Buchan holds a degree in Persian studies from Oxford University. He worked for twelve years as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times. He has written three works of nonfiction and six novels, including Heart’s Journey in Winter, which won the Guardian Fiction Award, and A Good Place to Die, which was a New York Times Notable Book. He lives on a farm in eastern England.
Published November 4, 2013 by Mariner Books. 356 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrator is John Pitt, a young English hippie who strays into Iran in the 1970s, begins teaching English in Isfahan and becomes hopelessly infatuated with Shirim, a beautiful 17-year-old who is the daughter of a venal air force commander closely connected with the Shah.

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The couple's elopement to a crumbling Persian Gulf mansion — a passionate idyll culminating in their daughter's birth — eventually leads to John's nightmarish imprisonment during Khomeini's revolution and fundamentalist regime, with his wife's and daughter's fates unknown.

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