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 loveSahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.
So they carry on in secretuntil 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 exclusivelyand 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?