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Three strangers. Three lives. Three different worlds. Houston in the early '90s might seem an unlikely venue for their dramatic collision, but in this subtly provocative novel by Iranian Moshiri, the distance between Tehran and Texas is measured not in miles but in city blocks and chance encounters.
Alone and dying, Madison Kirby is embittered by the hand that fate has dealt him, and his desperate search for warmth and intimacy becomes an obsession with tragic consequences. Ric Cardinal, a social worker who has selflessly dedicated his life to helping others, is seemingly incapable of saving his own damaged family and paralyzed by the thought of a committed relationship. Roya, an Iranian refugee, struggles to make a life with her young daughter after fleeing the war-torn Middle East. Working as a waitress and holed up in a shabby garage apartment, she soon learns that while this new land may offer them sanctuary, it is not trouble free.
Alternating between the voices of these three characters, Moshiri has woven a morally complex tale that she slowly brings to the boiling point, challenging our notions of safety and how we keep ourselves whole. (Spring 2006 Selection)