Rooftops Of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji - 348 pages
In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran's sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, joking around one minute and asking burning questions about life the next. He also hides a secret love for his beautiful neighbor Zari, who has been betrothed since birth to another man. But the bliss of Pasha and Zari's stolen time together is shattered when Pasha unwittingly acts as a beacon for the Shah's secret police. The violent consequences awaken him to the reality of living under a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice.
My Review: 4.5 stars
Great new author to watch. This book was poetic, smart and full of emotions. The beauty of young love, deceit, fear, war and being ruled under the Shah in the mid 70’s in Iran were explored with depth and incredibly some humor. An amazing coming of age story for our protagonist Pasha. A beautiful story.
Quotes I liked:
-“The plan to make her wonder if you love her. Nothing makes a women more curios then the suspicion that she’s loved by someone. She’ll do anything to confirm it now, you see. She’ll go out of her way to find out if you really do. That’s just human nature. Who doesn’t want to be loved? ”
-“Don't take life too seriously; you'll never get out of it alive!”
Tags: Historical Fiction, 2009, Coming Of Age, Romance
Labels: 2009, Coming Of Age, Historical Fiction, Romance