Sold in 70 countries around the world, translated into 25
languages, hailed by Khaled Hosseini, author of And the
and The Kite Runner
, who calls it "a
celebration of the human heart's eternal yearning for freedom."
This is Children of the Jacaranda Tree.
Neda is born in Tehran's Evin Prison, where her mother is
allowed to nurse her for a few months before the arms of a guard
appear at the cell door one day and, simply, take her away. In
another part of the city, three-year-old Omid witnesses the arrests
of his political activist parents from his perch at their kitchen
table, yogurt dripping from his fingertips. More than twenty years
after the violent, bloody purge that took place inside Tehran's
prisons, Sheida learns that her father was one of those executed,
that the silent void firmly planted between her and her mother all
these years was not just the sad loss that comes with death, but
the anguish and the horror of murder.
These are the Children of the Jacaranda Tree. Set in
post-revolutionary Iran from 1983 to 2011, this stunning debut
novel follows a group of mothers, fathers, children, and lovers,
some related by blood, others brought together by the tide of
history that washes over their lives. Finally, years later, it is
the next generation that is left with the burden of the past and
their country's tenuous future as a new wave of protest and
political strife begins.
Children of the Jacaranda Tree is an evocative portrait
of three generations of men and women inspired by love and poetry,
burning with idealism, chasing dreams of justice and freedom.
Written in Sahar Delijani's spellbinding prose, capturing the
intimate side of revolution in a country where the weight of
history is all around, it is a moving tribute to anyone who has
ever answered its call.