July 2013 Debut of the Month.
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.
Deep in Tehran's Evin Prison, Azar gives birth to a baby girl. Corridors away, Amir is making a bracelet out of date stones. He hopes that one day his daughter will hold it in her hands. As a camera shutter closes, three children are fixed in time.
These children cannot remember their mothers' faces. But their mothers will treasure the photos, daring to imagine the life that goes on beyond prison walls. Revolution has torn the future from the past. But these children, the children of the jacaranda tree, will have the chance to grow. They will go into exile, they will find love and they will return home to Iran. But they will also have to confront the terrible legacies passed from one generation to the next when the cold boot of history stamps on individual lives.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'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's heart's eternal yearning for freedom' Khaled Hosseini, author of THE KITE RUNNER and A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
'Delijani is exceptionally talented as a writer, and the subject matter is both compelling and timely' Kirkus
'Spanning the years 1983 to 2011, Children of the Jacaranda Tree offers a personal and often painful look at post-revolutionary Iranian history, from the height of the Iran-Iraq war to the 2009 election protests and beyond... Evocative and emotive - and highly recommended' NEW INTERNATIONALIST
Publication date: 06/06/2013
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||6th June 2013|
|Publisher:||Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,|
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.More About Sahar Delijani