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Children of the Jacaranda Tree

Sahar Delijani

3 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Iran. Amidst one country's tragedy, three mothers are united by love. Includes reading group notes.

Tehran, 1983. A city paralysed by fear, its people silenced. And the beating heart of the regime is Evin prison. Yet even within its walls three women dare to dream of a life beyond tyranny.

Azar gives birth to her daughter in captivity. One day the guards simply take her child from her. Parisa yearns for her tiny son, growing up a few miles away but completely out of reach. And Firoozeh, broken by cruelty, has turned her back on everything she was fighting for.

But even in the most desolate places hope can take root . . .

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Praise for Children of the Jacaranda Tree

  • Set in post-revolutionary Iran, Delijani's gripping novel is a blistering indictment of tyranny, a poignant tribute to those who bear the scars of it, and a celebration of the human heart's eternal yearning for freedom

  • Delijani is exceptionally talented as a writer, and the subject matter is both compelling and timely - KIRKUS

  • The cast of this first novel are the children of Iran's Islamic revolution ... Delijani shows skilfully and movingly how families were broken by the regime and how the survivors try to piece the shards of their lives back together - DAILY MAIL

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Sahar Delijani

Sahar Delijani was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1983 and grew up in California, where she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE is her first novel and was inspired by her family's experience as political activists and prisoners in Iran. She lives with her husband in Turin, Italy.

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