Rooftops of Tehran

By Mahbod Seraji
(New American Library, Paperback, 9780451226815, 348pp.)

Publication Date: May 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2009 Indie Notables
“This novel, set in the 1970s, beautifully captures the heart and soul of the characters who inhabit a Tehran on the verge of revolution. The appealing characters and vivid sense of time and place make this a terrific read and a great book club choice.”
-- Linda Walonen, Bay Books, San Ramon, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '09/Winter '10 Reading Group List
“Set in Iran in the 1970s, Mahbob Seraji's novel of young love in a nation headed toward revolution infuses sad events with a lot of humor as well. This is a wonderful book that I hope reading groups will discover and discuss.”
-- Jennifer Wills Geraedts, Beagle Books, Park Rapids, MN


Description
From "a striking new talent"(Sandra Dallas, author of "Tallgrass") comes an unforgettable debut novel of young love and coming of age in an Iran headed toward revolution.
In this poignant, eye-opening and emotionally vivid novel, Mahbod Seraji lays bare the beauty and brutality of the centuries-old Persian culture, while reaffirming the human experiences we all share.
In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran's sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, joking around one minute and asking burning questions about life the next. He also hides a secret love for his beautiful neighbor Zari, who has been betrothed since birth to another man. But the bliss of Pasha and Zari's stolen time together is shattered when Pasha unwittingly acts as a beacon for the Shah's secret police. The violent consequences awaken him to the reality of living under a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice...
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