A stunning debut that reveals one of the most
hiddencorners of Iranian culture
Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend,
Nasrin, since they were six. They''ve shared stolen kisses and
romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in
love-Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if
their relationship came to light.
So they carry on in secret-until Nasrin''s parents announce that
they''ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar
that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts
provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But
Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively-and openly.
Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In
Iran,homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a
woman''s body is seen as nature''s mistake, and sex reassignment is
legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry
Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the
body she wants to beloved in, without risking her life. Is saving
her love worth sacrificing her true self?