Children of the Jacaranda Tree (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Delijani was born in Iran's Evin Prison in 1983, as was one of the
characters in this intense, stunning debut novel. In the riveting
opening scene, a young woman who's about to give birth is shackled in
the back of a prison van, being roughly shuttled from one location to
another. This is an intimate story of the brutal effects of revolution
and religious tyranny upon three generations of families and loved ones.
The story emerges almost as a chorus of voices. Many characters weave
details of their losses and hopes into the narrative beautifully, and
sometimes horrifyingly. There is separation and betrayal. Lies are told;
but there is also great strength and courage in the search for the
comfort of family and place, like the fragrant jacaranda tree.

— Bobby

July 2013 Indie Next List

“Reading Delijani's novel is like peeping into the living rooms of families torn apart by counter-revolution measures in Iran. The intensely intimate moments she depicts and the highly personal struggles she focuses on show life under the regime through the eyes of those most devastated by its vicious tyranny. At the very start my heart was torn to pieces by the woman giving birth in prison-the very act of birth manipulated to be one more form of torture and her child relinquished to her own parents to raise. The struggles of three generations fill the pages, trying to hold their lives together, to find and sustain love, to support their families, to heal from unspeakable wounds, and to live with unthinkable absences. It is a deeply moving story of life, death, persecution, and survival.”
— Nichole McCown, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA


"A country divided by revolution, a people united by love.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611739350
ISBN-10: 1611739357
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: November 1st, 2013
Pages: 351
Language: English