Dalia Sofer: The Septembers of Shiraz

(Fiction, 340 pp. 2007)

Just after the Iranian Revolution, Jewish gem trader Isaac Amin is falsely imprisoned for being a spy. His wife Farnaz struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter Shirin tries to take matters into her own hands. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac’s son Parviz, though not religious, falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Sofer masterfully captures the small tensions and larger brutalities that sharply impact a family unable to conform.

  • Reading Guide from HarperCollins
  • ReviewKirkus
  • Review by Claire Messud, New York Times, August 5, 2007
  • Review by Rebecca Milzoff, Forward, August 24, 2007
  • Review by Caroline Miller, Guardian, September 19, 2008
  • Review by Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune, August 11, 2007
  • Katherine Silkaitis interviews Dalia Sofer
  • Biography
  • Video: “The Septembers of Shiraz: A Historic Look at the Iranian Revolution” (6 min.)