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Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

Children of the Jacaranda Tree

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Set in post-revolutionary Iran, from 1983 to 2011, this is a powerful and moving story of the human cost of revolution, exile and change. Following the lives of three generations of men and women driven by idealism, inspired by love and chasing dreams of freedom, Children of the Jacaranda Tree is an evocative and effecting portrait of Iran and it’s struggles to change.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This novel by Iranian author Sahar Delijani examines one of the saddest and most harrowing episodes in post-revolutionary Iran – the 1988 executions of political prisoners. Starting with a birth in Tehran’s Evin prison in the 1980s, it continues with heart-breaking tales of other prisoners and the children who are removed from them. We then jump forward twenty years and find out how these brave children coped with the violent loss of their families, and discover that they want exactly what their parents fought for – freedom. A brutally honest story of secrets, hope and endurance, revealing some of the truth behind a devastating period in Iran’s history.
~ Caroline White

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Suz Jade - 'Set in Iran, this is an extremely moving story of Iran's difficult recent history...As you read this you will need boxes of tissues, but it is well worth reading.' Read full review >
  • Barbara Gaskell - 'A heart-breaking and heart-toughening read...Although at times not easy reading, I would recommend this book.' Read full review >
  • Michelle Hemmingway - 'Quite simply Children of the Jacaranda Tree is amazing.  I loved it...Sahar Delijani writes so beautifully.  The whole book, but particularly the first half, is imbued with a melancholy.  The kind of sadness that is at the same time wonderful and poetic.' Read full review >
  • Sue Broom - 'She writes beautifully and movingly, individual stories are heartbreaking (and many are inspired by her own family’s experience) but she gives us a glimpse of hope for future generations.  A terrific debut for her and an achievement to be proud of.  I urge you to read it.' Read full review >
  • Sally Doel - 'It is a powerful and beautifully written book - sometimes very harrowing and perhaps not one I would normally choose, but I am glad that I had the opportunity to read as I feel I would have missed out greatly by not reading it!' Read full review >
  • Suzanne James - 'This novel doesn't pull any punches when it comes to describing how difficult it was for the women imprisoned during the revolution nor for how those imprisonments affected the next generation...I found it a fascinating, eye-opening novel about a country I find really interesting.' Read full review >
  • Richard Hamlin - 'Children of the Jacaranda Tree is a worthwhile read and documents an important period of recent Iranian history.' Read full review >
  • Janette Skinner - 'This is a very unusual, thoughtful and poetic book...The writer illustrates that revolution can tear a country apart and forever change its history and the lives of those who survived.' Read full review >


Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

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 ...


A brutally honest story of secrets, hope and endurance, revealing some of the truth behind a devastating period in Iran's history * THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE *

About the Author

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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26th March 2015


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Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


304 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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