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If you loved A Thousand Splendid Suns, you'll sink into this spellbinding story of an Iranian girl who, separated from her mother and twin sister during the turmoil following the revolution, invents a rich, imaginative world in which they live on.

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Dina Nayeri was born in Iran during the revolution and emigrated to Oklahoma at ten years old. She has a BA from Princeton and an MBA and Master of Education from Harvard. She is currently a Truman Capote Fellow and a Teaching Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. For more details go to www.dinanayeri.com


Iranian Saba Hafezi is 11 years old in the 1980s, when her life changes radically. Her twin sister and her mother disappear, and, to cope, she convinces herself that they have moved to America. Saba has learned the art of storytelling. She invents a life for her sister that mirrors her own challenges and desires. As Saba's life becomes more and more restricted, she struggles to make her sister's imaginary life her own. Nayeri, a Truman Capote Fellow and a Teaching Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, creates a vivid tapestry of characters and situations. Her use of storytelling to move the plot forward provides depth and texture. The story is beautifully read by Sneha Mathan. -verdict This book will be of interest to a wide variety of fiction readers. Recommended. ["Nayeri's highly accomplished debut is a rich, multilayered reading experience. Structurally complex, the overriding theme is storytelling in all its forms and the fine line between truth and lies.... Highly recommended," read the review of the Riverhead: Penguin hc, LJ 2/15/13.-Ed.]-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

There's a kaleidoscopic quality to Dina Nayeri's prose, evoking the beat of Eastern storytelling, while its cadences remain resolutely American... The novel's message, however, is universal: we must do all we can to control our own fates. * Daily Mail *
Infused with the prose of nostalgia, revelling in the simplicity of a rural culture that is gradually being eroded by ruthless oppression. Skilled writers such as Nayeri, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) and Hisham Matar (Anatomy of a Disappearance) play a crucial role in making the personal political. * The Age *
This ambitious novel set in northern Iran in the decade after the 1979 revolution contains not a teaspoon but a ton of history, imagination, and longing. * Publishers Weekly *
It's hard to believe A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is Nayeri's first novel as colorful phrases dance throughout this epic tale of grief and love, memory and myth. * Baltimore Times *
A gripping tale of female oppression. * Australian Woman's Weekly *

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