The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer

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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.

 

About Dalia Sofer

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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.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Isaac and Farnaz’s precocious young daughter, Shirin, decides to take matters into her own hands, risking the family’s lives when she steals confidential files from a classmate’s home in the hopes of saving her uncle from the same fate as her father.

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A memorable title will surely attract readers, but when a book becomes a classic, it’s hard to say whether the title has been part of its canonization or has merely become retroactively canonical.

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Hephzibah Anderson New York Jewish Week 4 of 5 Stars "Dalia Sofer’s The Septembers of Shiraz … is a first novel that doesn’t at all have the feeling of a novice’s pen.

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Marie Claire

But when she started explaining why she ascribed so much meaning to these things, you realized that to her it was much more - that it was really about holding on to those memories of those places where she got those objects, it was really about knowing exactly where she was standing when she sele...

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David G. Schwartz

She’s used her own life and her family history as the basis for a book that opens a window on life in the early days of post-revolutionary Iran.

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This novel takes place in Iran shortly after the deposition of the Shah.

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