Persian Nights

Persian Nights

by Diane Johnson
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Persian Nights by Diane Johnson

“Funny, incisive, frightening and eminently skillful."— New York Times

The year is 1978, the tumultuous period leading up to the Iranian Revolution. While visiting Iran with her husband, Chloe Fowler is left to travel alone after he is summoned home. Much to her surprise, she finds herself drawn to the country, intoxicated by each unfamiliar sight that reminds her how far from home she really is, both comforted and unsettled by the group of foreign and Iranian physicians and their wives who take her in. However, her exhilaration crashes when odd, often frightening events begin to occur, exposing the darker side of this "colonial life." Chloe is about to be liberated from everything she has ever known—in a place where her ordinary notions of reason and reality will run headlong into a wall of intrigue, and where every idea she has about herself will be put to the test.

Persian Nights follows Chloe on a voyage through the seductively inexplicable, and has all the qualities one expects from the gifted author of Le Divorce—the quirky, vivid atmosphere; the intelligent, humane voice; the compelling narrative. Once again, Diane Johnson delivers an entertaining novel of an appealing woman caught up in a mysterious world of change and intrigue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452279582
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1998
Series: William Abrahams Book Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 855,432
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Diane Johnson is the author of the bestselling novel Le Divorce, a National Book Award finalist, as well as many other novels, including Persian Nights, Health and Happiness, Lying Low, The Shadow Knows, and Burning. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Persian Nights, and she co-authored the screenplay to The Shining with Stanley Kubrick. She divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.

Hometown:

Paris, France, and San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1934

Place of Birth:

Moline, Illinois

Education:

B.A., University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA, 1968

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Persian Nights 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Several of my close freinds are Persian, and this book really helped me understand the culture better. It wonderfully combines a fictious love plot with true facts about Iran. It left me with a satisfactory outlook about this ancient country.