The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer. Set in 1981, just a few years after the Iranian Revolution that installed Ayatollah Khomeini, Septembers tells the story of the Amin family and how their lives are affected by monumental social and political changes.
It begins with the father/husband, Isaac, being accosted by the Revolutionary Guards at his Tehran office. He is imprisoned for no other crime than being Jewish in an increasingly fanatical Muslim country. Wife/mother Farnaz struggles to keep from slipping into despair while their young daughter, Shirin, takes a huge risk by crossing the Revolutionary Guards (I won't tell you how: it would ruin the surprise). Meanwhile, the Amin's non-religious son, Parviz, struggles with the culture shock of living in a Hassidic neighborhood in Brooklyn without the financial support of his parents.
The staff chose this book back in June shortly after the protests surrounding the disputed results of the Iranian elections began. We thought reading something on the political history of the country may give us better insight as to what's going on today.
Have you read the book? If so, feel free to send me questions and comments; I'll share them with the club and report back here next week.