Children of the Jacaranda Tree

Author: Sahar Delijani

Set in post-revolutionary Iran from 1983 to 2011, Children of the Jacaranda Tree 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.

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A country divided by revolution. A people united by love. Children of the Jacaranda Tree is an astonishing debut reminiscent of The Kite Runner and Set in post-revolutionary Iran, from 1983 to 2011, it follows a group of mothers, fathers, children, and lovers, some connected by family, others brought together by the tide of history that forces its way into 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.

Deep in Tehran’s Evin Prison, Azar gives birth to a baby girl.

Corridors away, Amir is making a bracelet out of date stones. He hopes that one day his daughter will hold it in her hands.

As a camera shutter closes, three children are fixed in time. These children cannot remember their mothers’ faces. But their mothers will treasure the photos, daring to imagine the life that goes on beyond prison walls.

Revolution has torn the future from the past. But these children, the children of the jacaranda tree, will have the chance to grow. They will go into exile, they will find love and they will return home to Iran. But they will also have to confront the terrible legacies passed from one generation to the next when the cold boot of history stamps on individual lives.

Children of the Jacaranda Tree is a novel about the ghosts of revolution. It is a novel about forging the future when your past is too painful to remember. It is a novel that you will never forget.
Published by Phoenix
Paperback
2013
ISBN:9781780226927