The Gardens of Consolation

The Gardens of Consolation

Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2016

In the early 1920s, in the remote village of Ghamsar, Talla and Sardar, two teenagers dreaming of a better life, fall in love and marry. Sardar brings his young bride with him across the mountains to the suburbs of Tehran, where the couple settles down and builds a home. From the outskirts of the capital city, they will watch as the Qajar dynasty falls and Reza Khan rises to power as Reza Shah Pahlavi. 

Into this family of illiterate shepherds is born Bahram, a boy whose brilliance and intellectual promise are apparent from a very young age. Through his education, Bahram will become a fervent follower of reformer Mohammad Mosaddegh and will participate first-hand in his country's political and social upheavals.

Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Iran, Parisa Reza has written a powerful love story filled with scenes of hope and heartbreak.

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  • This book takes place in Iran from about the years 1922-1953. It begins with the story of Sardar and Talla, a Muslim couple who begin life as peasants in the small village of Ghamsar, south of Tehran....

  • “The Gardens of Consolation” by Parisa Reza is a book about common people, literally caught up in conditions which are not ordinary – things happen around them, their country changes and they ju...

  • Maybe it was the translator, but this book was simply beautiful. I loved the details and societal and personal insights the author wove into the piece all the while keeping it light and readable. The ...

  • This is a beautiful book. From its quietly emotional first half to its increasingly political and complex second half, it is a story that feels above all supremely real. It's hard to say whether it's ...

  • started beautifully but petered out for me in the end. till, A wonderful first novel. I look forward to reading more from her in the future....

  • Excellent book! Conveys history I was not aware of with the immediacy of a novel. ...

  • It was Ok but I missed the context....

  • a beautiful love story begun in 1920s Iran and continuing into the political upheaval of the 1950s. beautifully written; real characters; genuine life situations. ...

  • This book was such a great read! The writing is beautiful and I LOVED the view it gave of the development of Iran. I'd highly recommend it for just getting a good handle on Iran's modern history.My on...

  • "To tell the story of the Amir family, Reza chooses a style and tone that reminds one of a fairy tale. Reading The Gardens of Consolation feels like being on a flying carpet with your grandmother and ...

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