A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea
Riverhead. Penguin 2013
Starting with Saba, an 11 year old Christian Persian girl growing up in an Iranian village in the 1980s the story follows her grief-filled life into her early 20s. She and her twin were told that even if separated their fates are entwined. Both Saba and Mahtab are obsessed with American culture. Their mother, a physician is trying to them out of the country as life under the Ayatollah is not healthy for women, girls, and Christians. Saba, an ingenious story teller, remembers her mother and twin at the airport leaving for America. As she grows up she envisions Mahtab, who calls herself by the westernized nickname, May, experiencing life in America. While dreaming about going to Harvard, Saba is married off to a man even older that her father, as she tries to figure out how to get out of the country. A compelling story with a unique setting, this literary novel will be popular with readers who enjoyed Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone.
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