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  • An affecting portrait of the Iranian revolution . . . leaves you simultaneously heartbroken and full of hope

    Sunday Times
  • Explores the darkness and hope of a city on the brink of revolution . . . Epic. An impressive debut, not easily forgotten

  • Warm-hearted, compelling, hugely enjoyable

  • A beautiful book set against the pains and passions of the Iranian Revolution . . . It is a book about a particular time and place yet also, and perhaps more importantly, about the common hopes and intimate longings of lives so forcibly invaded by national events

    Hisham Matar, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return
  • Set in a vibrantly depicted Tehran and spanning a 30-year period leading up to the 1981 Iranian Revolution, Hozar's serpentine narrative shows how the inequality and corruption of Iranian society under the Shah gives way to something more's a spellbinding debut

    Mail on Sunday
  • This rags-to-riches-to revolution tale about an orphan girl's coming of age in Iran is sweeping, cinematic and oh-so gripping. In it we follow Aria as she searches for belonging and falls in love amid the political tumult of her age

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Nazanine Hozar's immaculate first novel follows a group of Iranians in the lead-up to the 1979 revolution and marks the arrival of a major new voice

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • The skilfully told story of a young woman struggling to find her place in intolerant, revolutionary Iran

  • An epic tale of turmoil in Iran. Its skilful blending of personal and political drama, along with its broad scope, richness of setting and vitality of character, gives it something of the quality of [Doctor Zhivago]

  • Epic in scope . . . Hozar is a courageous and talented writer, excellent at capturing emotional complexity and interrogating her themes

    The Irish Independent

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