Review: The Septembers of Shiraz

Why I picked it: I have picked this book up at the bookstore many times (never actually bringing a copy home) - while at the library last month I decided to pick up the audio copy and listen while running.

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 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.

Type: Fiction

Quick Take: Highly Recommend - This a 'Mari Book'.  I love to learn about culture, historical events and how average people deal with a situation.  I loved this story.  I could see it made into a movie - I would see it!

Rating: 5/5 stars

Country: Iran
Source: Library (audiobook)

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