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Amnesty Book Club March-April Pick

Mar 9, 2020, 12:06 PM by Shari Singh
Amnesty International is celebrating International Women's Day and the Persian New Year with Nazanine Hozar's debut novel Aria.
Amnesty International Book Club has more than 7,500 active members across Canada. They not only feature excellent literature, but they share interactive author interviews, podcast episodes, challenging discussion questions and rich background on the human rights aspects of popular novels.

Nazanine Hozar’s stunning debut takes us inside the Iranian revolution–but seen like never before, through the eyes of an orphan girl. Through Aria, we meet three very different women who are fated to mother the lost child: reckless and self-absorbed Zahra, wife of the kind-hearted soldier; wealthy and compassionate Fereshteh, who welcomes Aria into her home, adopting her as an heir; and finally, the mysterious, impoverished Mehri, whose connection to Aria is both a blessing and a burden.

The novel’s heart-pounding conclusion takes us through the brutal revolution that installs the Ayatollah Khomeini as Iran’s supreme leader, even as Aria falls in love and becomes a young mother herself.

Praise for Aria

“Aria is a feminist odyssey, about a girl in a time of intolerance as the revolution in Iran is breaking out . . . a poised and dramatic historical novel with contemporary relevance” – John Irving

“[W]hile it is a historical novel set around the Islamic Revolution, it is also very much about personal relationships—their power to destroy, and their potential to be destroyed by political events.” – Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail

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