Rooftops of Tehran

Rooftops of Tehran

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An unforgettable debut novel of young love and growing up in an Iran headed toward revolution. In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran's sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends one perfect, stolen summer with his beautiful neighbor, Zari, until he unwittingly guides the Shah's secret police to their target: Zari's intended. The violent consequences awaken Pasha and his friends to the reality of life under the rule of a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice from which Pasha may never recover.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2009
ISBN: 9780451226815
045122681X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Seraji
Characteristics: 348 p. ; 21 cm

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Oct 17, 2011

The story of a young man growing up in cloistered Iran in the 1970's; his friendship with the boys and girls of his alley. Then in the impact of the rule of the Shah and the terror of the regime, the consequences of being a teenager growing up in those hard times. This is a coming of age story; and like, Cutting for Stone, a story of how the politics and civil unrest of a country impact the children of those countries. I found the characters very real and wellrounded; the friendships are intense and honest; family structure (of more than two generations) and strict rules of behaviour help to support the children as they battle the difficulties of growing up. A very good read.

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