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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

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Growing up in a small fishing village in 1980s Iran, 11-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister, Mahtab, are fascinated by America. They keep lists of English words and collect contraband copies of Life magazine and Bob Dylan cassettes. So when Saba finds herself abandoned, alone with her father in Iran, she is certain that her mother and twin have moved to America without her. All her life, Saba has been taught that 'fate is written in the blood,' which convinces her that twins will live the same life, even if separated by land and sea. As she grows up in the warmth and community of her local village, falls in and out of love, and struggles with the limited possibilities available to her as a woman in Iran, Saba envisions that there is another way for her story to unfold. She imagines a simultaneous, parallel life - a Western version, for her sister, filled with a freedom and control that Saba can only dream of. A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is told in a bewitching voice that mingles the rhythms of Eastern storytelling with straightforward Western prose, to tell a wholly original story about the importance of controlling your own fate.
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Dina Nayeri was born in Iran during the revolution and emigrated to Oklahoma at the age of ten. She has a BA from Princeton and an MBA and Master of Education from Harvard. She is currently a Truman Capote Fellow and Teaching Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


'Charming and engrossing, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is a vivid and evocative story about the places we love, the places we long for - and the places we can only imagine.' - Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles. 'A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is pure magic: lyrical, captivating, funny and heartbreaking. Entering the world of the intriguing Saba Hafezi and her friends in a seaside village in northern Iran, I lost my heart. Powerful storytelling kept me riveted from the first page, but this is also a keenly intelligent investigation into the nature of narrative, the kaleidoscope of stories, dreams, and memories that define us, and how we create our own pasts and futures.' - Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation.

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.

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