Posted by: koolwine | July 4, 2010

Iran: The Septembers of Shiraz

Country: Iran (Persia, pre-1935)

Local name: Iran

Title: The Septembers of Shiraz

Author: Dalia Sofer (Iranian-American)

Published: 2007 Pages: 338

Acclaim: A New York Times Notable Book; National Bestseller

Time Period: 1981-1982, after the 1979 Iranian Revolution, during which the reigning monarchy (headed by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi) was replaced by an Islamic theocracy ruled by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Summary: When a Jewish gem dealer is arrested for profiting under the Shah’s rule, he struggles to survive the deadly and unjust prison system, his wife deals with increasing hostility from her Arab housekeeper, his daughter attempts to save others from her father’s fate and his son fights off loneliness in New York City.

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