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The Septembers of Shiraz (P.S.)

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ISBN13: 9780061130410
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Septembers of Shiraz describes the journey, both psychological and physical, of a Jewish family whose father is imprisoned in the first years of revolutionary Iran. It is a beautifully written expose of the trauma that occurs to individuals when there are huge political shifts — from the father's experience in prison to his ten-year-old daughter's participation in a birthday party, no facet of life is untouched by the seismic changes.
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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 disappear-ance, 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.

Review:

"Sofer's family escaped from Iran in 1982 when she was 10, an experience that may explain the intense detail of this unnerving debut. On a September day in 1981, gem trader Isaac Amin is accosted by Revolutionary Guards at his Tehran office and imprisoned for no other crime than being Jewish in a country where Muslim fanaticism is growing daily. Being rich and having had slender ties to the Shah's regime magnify his peril. In anguish over what might be happening to his family, Isaac watches the brutal mutilation and executions of prisoners around him. His wife, Farnaz, struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter, Shirin, steals files from the home of a playmate whose father is in charge of the prison that holds her father. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac's nonreligious son, Parviz, struggles without his family's money and falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Nicely layered, the story shimmers with past secrets and hidden motivations. The dialogue, while stiff, allows the various characters to come through. Sofer's dramatization of just-post-revolutionary Iran captures its small tensions and larger brutalities, which play vividly upon a family that cannot, even if it wishes to, conform." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The early 1980s in Iran were frightening for anyone caught in the crossfire. As Islamic factions asserted dominance over other groups that had helped bring down the shah, thousands of Iranians were rounded up and accused of being monarchists, communists, Western intellectuals or Freemasons; of listening to the wrong music, wearing the wrong clothes or being related to the wrong people. Many were tortured... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"This is a story that needs to be told, as a reminder of how political and religious ideologies can destroy individuals, families, and societies… The family and political issues raised in the book are timely and ripe for discussion." Library Journal (starred review)

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"The Septembers of Shiraz is one of the most beautiful first novels I've ever come across. Dalia Sofer courageously takes on ambitious topics — political upheaval in Iran, imprisonment, religion, and betrayal — and handles them with the skills of a master story-teller. Sofer's writing is full of well-observed details, compassion, and most importantly, hope. It is a rare book in a rare genre: the family love story." Vendela Vida

Review:

"Sofer paints a complicated picture of postrevolutionary Iran... [A] powerful story honestly told." Yvonne Zipp, Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"In this fickle literary world, it's impossible to predict whether Sofer's novel will become a classic, but it certainly stands a chance.... The Septembers of Shiraz is miraculously light in its touch, as beautiful and delicate as a book about suffering can be." Clare Messud, The New York Times

Review:

"One initially fears that The Septembers of Shiraz will amount to an unremitting catalog of misery, but Ms. Sofer is more subtle than that." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"Sofer herself emigrated from post-revolutionary Iran to New York, and her debut resonates with the empathy derived from that journey." Booklist

Review:

"[Sofer]...seems wise beyond her years, and her prose, sturdy always, sometimes offers us consolation we weren't aware we needed even as we grasp it with both hands." Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

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 terrors of prison, and his wife feverishly searches for him, his children struggle with the realization that their family may soon be forced to embark on a journey of incalculable danger.

About the Author

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.

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jnms1, August 24, 2008 (view all comments by jnms1)
A very powerful story of a Jewish family after the 1980 Iranian revolution. The father is falsely arrested and imprisoned. His family has to deal with his disappearance and their own challenges as a result of his imprisonment. Sofer's characters come alive and one feels great empathy for them.
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tjwoods2003, August 6, 2008 (view all comments by tjwoods2003)
I really loved this book up until the end and then it felt like she was in a hurry to finish it for a deadline. the story telling was great thru out the book and then just stops at the end. maybe i just missed something!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061130410
Author:
Sofer, Dalia
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Dalia Sofer
Author:
by Dalia Sofer
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Prisoners
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Children of prisoners
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
A-
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
11.5 x 9.5 in 48.40 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Septembers of Shiraz describes the journey, both psychological and physical, of a Jewish family whose father is imprisoned in the first years of revolutionary Iran. It is a beautifully written expose of the trauma that occurs to individuals when there are huge political shifts — from the father's experience in prison to his ten-year-old daughter's participation in a birthday party, no facet of life is untouched by the seismic changes.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sofer's family escaped from Iran in 1982 when she was 10, an experience that may explain the intense detail of this unnerving debut. On a September day in 1981, gem trader Isaac Amin is accosted by Revolutionary Guards at his Tehran office and imprisoned for no other crime than being Jewish in a country where Muslim fanaticism is growing daily. Being rich and having had slender ties to the Shah's regime magnify his peril. In anguish over what might be happening to his family, Isaac watches the brutal mutilation and executions of prisoners around him. His wife, Farnaz, struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter, Shirin, steals files from the home of a playmate whose father is in charge of the prison that holds her father. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac's nonreligious son, Parviz, struggles without his family's money and falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Nicely layered, the story shimmers with past secrets and hidden motivations. The dialogue, while stiff, allows the various characters to come through. Sofer's dramatization of just-post-revolutionary Iran captures its small tensions and larger brutalities, which play vividly upon a family that cannot, even if it wishes to, conform." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This is a story that needs to be told, as a reminder of how political and religious ideologies can destroy individuals, families, and societies… The family and political issues raised in the book are timely and ripe for discussion."
"Review" by , "The Septembers of Shiraz is one of the most beautiful first novels I've ever come across. Dalia Sofer courageously takes on ambitious topics — political upheaval in Iran, imprisonment, religion, and betrayal — and handles them with the skills of a master story-teller. Sofer's writing is full of well-observed details, compassion, and most importantly, hope. It is a rare book in a rare genre: the family love story."
"Review" by , "Sofer paints a complicated picture of postrevolutionary Iran... [A] powerful story honestly told."
"Review" by , "In this fickle literary world, it's impossible to predict whether Sofer's novel will become a classic, but it certainly stands a chance.... The Septembers of Shiraz is miraculously light in its touch, as beautiful and delicate as a book about suffering can be."
"Review" by , "One initially fears that The Septembers of Shiraz will amount to an unremitting catalog of misery, but Ms. Sofer is more subtle than that."
"Review" by , "Sofer herself emigrated from post-revolutionary Iran to New York, and her debut resonates with the empathy derived from that journey."
"Review" by , "[Sofer]...seems wise beyond her years, and her prose, sturdy always, sometimes offers us consolation we weren't aware we needed even as we grasp it with both hands."
"Synopsis" by , 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 terrors of prison, and his wife feverishly searches for him, his children struggle with the realization that their family may soon be forced to embark on a journey of incalculable danger.
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