Author(s): Sahar Delijani
A country divided by revolution. A people united by love. 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 Corridors away, Amir is making a bracelet out of date stones.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 the 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 onto 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.
Sahar Delijani was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1983 and grew up in California, where she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE is her first novel and was inspired by her family's experience as political activists and prisoners in Iran. She lives with her husband in Turin, Italy.