Strand of a Thousand Pearls
By Dorit Rabinyan
(Random House Trade Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780375760037, 288pp.)
Publication Date: August 12, 2003
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Redolent with the scent of lilac and oleander blossoms, and bursting with the flavors of quinces and overripe plums, Strand of a Thousand Pearls is the story of the imagined and actual marriages of the Azizyan girls, their years of yearning, restless and impatient, and the truth of their engagements, miles away from the enchanted realm and imaginary heroes of their dreams.
Six years ago, Dorit Rabinyan burst onto the scene with Persian Brides, a novel that established her as a writer of incandescent spirit with a gift for spinning wry, magical tales about the vagaries of love and marriage. In Strand of a Thousand Pearls, she has given us a bitter-sweet fable about desires fulfilled and denied—about married love and carnal love, about mother’s love and the kind of love that vanishes one night without warning, like an evaporated dream.
Dorit Rabinyan was born in Kefar-Saba, Israel, to Persian parents and wrote her first novel, Persian Brides, at twenty-one. An award-winning international bestseller translated into ten languages, Persian Brides established her as the voice of a new generation in Israel. Rabinyan won the Israeli Film Academy Award for best television drama of 1997 for Shuli’s Fiancé, and the Eshkol Prize for her second novel, Strand of a Thousand Pearls. She lives in Tel Aviv.
“A lovely story with compelling characters showcased subtly against the realities of contemporary life in the Middle East.”
“A moving fable of love...exquisite.”
“A formidable talent.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Rabinyan’s story is, above all, about women....The marriage stories overlap and weave together in a rich pattern that resembles a parable or family legend.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Spellbinding...a literary love story of crushed dreams, part family drama, part modern-day fairy tale.”