To Keep the Sun Alive
A cinematic novel about an Iranian family and their fruit orchard, caught up in the Revolution of 1979.
The year is 1979. The Iranian Revolution is just around the corner. In the northeastern city of Naishapur, a retired judge and his wife, BibiKhanoom, continue to run their ancient family orchard, growing apples, plums, peaches, and sour cherries. The days here are marked by long, elaborate lunches on the terrace where the judge and his wife mediate disputes between aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews that foreshadow the looming national crisis to come. Will the monarchy survive the revolutionary tide gathering across the country? Will the judge’s brother, a powerful cleric, take political control of the town or remain only a religious leader? Author: Rabeah Ghaffari (Catapult/PGW, Jan 15, 2018, HC, 228 pp)
Pre-order only. Book available Jan 10, 2019