Jumping Over Fireby Nahid Rachlin
Fleeing a neocolonial oil town in southern Iran as Khomeini rises to power, the Ellahi family emigrates to the US, where Nora and her adopted brother Jahan struggle to end their incestuous attachment, get through college, and forge independent lives. Confronted by anti-Iranian hostility, Jahan is drawn to Islam, ultimately going back to join the Iranian army to
Fleeing a neocolonial oil town in southern Iran as Khomeini rises to power, the Ellahi family emigrates to the US, where Nora and her adopted brother Jahan struggle to end their incestuous attachment, get through college, and forge independent lives. Confronted by anti-Iranian hostility, Jahan is drawn to Islam, ultimately going back to join the Iranian army to fight Saddam Hussein, while Nora takes advantage of the greater opportunities and personal freedom for women here.
Nahid Rachlin is the Iranian-American author of Veils, Foreigner, Married to a Stranger, and The Heart's Desire. She teaches at New School University and the Unterberg Poetry Center in New York.
- City Lights Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 - 18 Years
Meet the Author
Nahid Rachlin is the Iranian-American author of four novels, short stories, and essays. She teaches at New School University and the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, New York City.
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I just finished reading Nahid Rachlin¿s JUMPING OVER FIRE, a beautifully crafted tale, written with subtlety and insight that is rare in modern prose. Her deeply moving story about the Ellahi family, caught up in the throes of the Iranian revolution, touches on a myriad of topics, including forbidden love, and the loss and abandonment of family and country. What is most remarkable about Ms. Rachlin¿s writing is the empathy she brings to each character -- particularly to Nora, the heroine, who, by birth and by circumstance, straddles two cultures. JUMPING OVER FIRE presents a window into this unique world. I highly recommended this book.
So deftly and thoroughly does Rachlin flesh out her protagonist, the reader quickly comes to think of Nora as an alter ego. Yet another example of Rachlin's specialty: provocative, deceptively simple prose brimming with psychological insights. A bold ,yet delicately wrought exploration into a most formidable taboo. This reader is hungry for a sequel!
Nahid Rachlin's Jumping Over Fire is an engaging portrait of an Iranian-American family caught up in the midst of turmoil of an Islamic revolution, hostage crisis, cultural tensions, and exile in America. The protagonists, mainly Nora and Jahan and their American-Iranian parents, are complex and very real. Nora's attraction to her adopted brother Jahan is developed in the context of all the limitations she feels as a young girl growing up in Iran. The passion, the skillful way that the narrative unfolds, propel the reader to keep turning the pages. At the same time Jumping Over Fire is a timely book that through its characters illuminates the Iranian culture more intimately than the news can.
Nahid Rachlin has done it again, this time with a suspenseful story about a brother and sister united by a secret. The novel moves quickly, and the reader is left guessing from page to page until the surprising and satisfying conclusion. The author's knowledge of Middle Eastern culture gives the novel a very authentic feel, and I especially enjoyed the references to Persian poems and lullabyes.
Set against the backdrop of war , betrayal of a nation , death, mutilation , displacement and destruction, the tender awakening of desire in a pubescent girl!!! The story is so suspenseful that I was tempted many a time to read the last pages to find out the outcome. Nahid is the most eminent transcultural novelist in the US and with this novel she displays the utmost mastery of the art. She shows the universality of human experience with words as precise as a surgical instrument. BRAVA NAHID !!! Parviz B. Mehri, MD, FACS. FICS