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The Lemon Grove: A Novel
     

The Lemon Grove: A Novel

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by Ali Hosseini
 

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Identical twins Ruzbeh and Behruz are at the center of Ali Hosseini’s debut novel in English—a story about love, redemption, and the courage to survive in the face of calamity and loss. The novel begins in the small town in southern Iran where the boys were raised and in their summer home which is surrounded by a lemon grove. Their idyll is shattered by

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Identical twins Ruzbeh and Behruz are at the center of Ali Hosseini’s debut novel in English—a story about love, redemption, and the courage to survive in the face of calamity and loss. The novel begins in the small town in southern Iran where the boys were raised and in their summer home which is surrounded by a lemon grove. Their idyll is shattered by personal and geopolitical events. Both boys fall in love with Shireen, a childhood friend. Behruz goes to America to escape the pain of competing for Shireen's affections. Ruzbeh fights in the Iran/Iraq war and ends up alone and wandering the streets. When Behruz returns to Iran to help his shell-shocked brother, he finds the country devastated by revolution and war. His return sets off a string of events that change all their lives.

 

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The circumstances surrounding a single family shed light on a country in turmoil in Hosseini's moving English fiction debut. After being saved from his suicide attempt by a kind sheepherder, Behruz, the elder brother of a set of twins, narrates the tragic series of events that led him to ingest a bottle of pesticide in his family's lemon grove in Iran. Years ago, Behruz and his twin, Ruzbeh, enjoyed an idyllic childhood whiling away summer nights under the stars. But when the black-haired and green-eyed Shireen earns both boys' affections, Behruz decides to leave their home in order to give his brother and his beloved a chance to build a life together. While Behruz attends school in America, Ruzbeh and Shireen marry, but the revolution and Iraqi invasion throws their lives into turmoil. Behruz returns to Iran to find the lemon grove abandoned, his brother a shell-shocked nomad wandering the desert, and Shireen missing and possibly dead. Distraught by his ruined home and family, Behruz attempts to end it all-now, with a new lease on life, Behruz summons the courage to reconnect with Ruzbeh and find Shireen. Hosseini's deceptively simple narrative pulses with vibrancy and genuine emotion, and his deft deployment of details imbues this short novel with an enthralling sense of character, time, and place.
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From the Publisher
"The new Kite Runner . . . It does for Iran what Khaled Hosseini’s best seller did for Afghanistan." —Marie Claire

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810128293
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2012
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,356,547
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Ali Hosseini is an Iranian American who came to the United States as a student in the seventies. He has published a novel and two short story collections in Iran, and his short fiction has been published in Persian in the United States in Par Monthly and Persian Book Review. His work in English has been published in Epoch, Fiction International, American Letters & Commentary, Puerto del Sol, Ararat, and Hawai‘i Review. He lives in the Boston area.

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The Lemon Grove: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LE_Eisenmenger More than 1 year ago
The Lemon Grove is a rare and fascinating look inside contemporary Iran and shattered families struggling to survive the brutality and destruction of the militant religious regime. Hosseini’s gentle voice speaking through his characters juxtaposes wildly with the desolation and violence of their complicated lives and reveals how civilization prevails through individuals despite the horrors of war. The Lemon Grove opens a much-needed window into the diverse society of Iran, grayed out by political oppression and overshadowed by the explosive violence of TV news reports.
zdilc More than 1 year ago
This novel has the strongest first chapter of anything I have read. The narrator wakes up in a situation of his own making but with his life saved only by someone whom he does not know. Why this stranger has spent several days caring for him is only one of the complexities. This is a wonderfully rich tale of one man's complex and confused relationships with himself, his family, his love, and his country. Definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful. A beautiful rendering of the savage life in Iran. Very exciting but also sad. This book is really worth the read.
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