With Rooftops of Tehran, Mahbod Seraji delivers a debut novel that has won immediate acclaim for its affecting portrait of life in Iran's capital city. A 17-year-old boy finds his rooftop the perfect escape for taking in the night sky, smoking cigarettes and catching occasional glimpses of his beautiful neighbor. But when his lofty perch allows him to witness the brutality of the regime under which he lives, everything changes for the boy and those close to him.
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"Jonathan Ross's steady narration introduces 1973 Tehran, under the regime of the Shah, and the ironies of young Pasha Shahed's life. Before the 17-year-old leaves for college in the U.S., he imagines an idyllic summer of reading and smoking on the rooftop with his best friend. Unfortunately, he falls in love with the fiancee of his mentor. This development seems insignificant until the SAVAK, Iran's secret police, change Pasha's plans and the story's direction. In one terrifying night Pasha's actions accidentally help the police in seizing his mentor and setting into motion a horrifying chain of events. Though his narration is straightforward, Ross evokes Pasha's emotions of guilt and horror. As events advance, Ross's reading provides witness to the anger and fear of those living under the Shah's repressive government. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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