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The Septembers of Shiraz
Dalia Sofer
Adult Fiction SOFER

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Summary: 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. 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.

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main characters Isaac Amin
Imprisoned for being Jewish in a country where the Muslim religion is growing; has ties to the Shah regime country; watches the mutilation and execution of his fellow prisoners.
Gem trader

Farnaz Amin
Worried about her husband; struggling to keep from falling into despair.

Shirin Amin
Isaac and Farnaz's daughter; Steals files from a friend whose father is in charge of the prison holding her father.

Parviz Amin
Isaac and farnaz's son; nonreligious; lives in New York; struggling to survive without his family's help and money; in love with the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord.

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