While held in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, Azar gives birth to a baby girl whom she fears she cannot keep. Arash, a fellow revolutionary, makes his daughter a bracelet of date stones, knowing it will be all she has to remember him by. Leila has to choose between fleeing Iran with her lover or staying to care for the children of her imprisoned sisters. And Forugh must grow up in the shadow of her parent's deaths. Courageous, heart-wrenching and beautifully written, Children of the Jacaranda Tree is a novel about family, sacrifice, and the search for a better world.
Set in post-revolutionary Iran from 1983 to 2011, this stunning debut novel 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. Children of the Jacaranda Tree is an evocative portrait of three generations of men and women inspired by love and poetry, burning with idealism, chasing dreams of justice and freedom.
"life in Iran for disbelievers"
Azar, die wie tausende junge Iraner das islamische Regime bekämpft, bringt ihr erstes Kind im Gefängnis zur Welt. Mit dem Neugeborenen kehren Hoffnung und Freude in die Zelle zurück. Doch dann wird ihr das Kind genommen. Neda hat Glück, sie darf bei ihren Großeltern aufwachsen. Unter dem blühenden Jacarandabaum im Patio spielt sie mit ihren Cousinen, bis eines Tages zwei Fremde vor ihr stehen, die sich ihre Eltern nennen.