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First time author that I heard about on National Public Radio. This is the fictionalized story loosely based on experiences of the author's family in Iran. After the Islamic revolution around 1980 there were lots of Iranians that weren't supportive of the new Islamic government and it strict religious way of life. They were the dissidents. Many of them were arrested and possibly executed over the next several years. This story tells how this affected one extended family and extended friends; the parents, the spouses, siblings, children, all of them and affect them it did. Then twenty five years later a new generation is young and they don't remember how dissidents were treated the first time around and again many are arrested and possibly executed. They were protesting rigged elections, maybe you remember it, it wasn't that long ago. There is no rehabilitation to this, it's just punishment and destruction. If you've ever wondered what life in Iran is like for dissidents you'll enjoy this story. It's not hard to think that those living there and aren't supportive of the Islamic regime find it terrible and brutal. This is that story. This isn't a particularly happy story but it is interesting. Many Iranians yearn to be free and be able to decide themselves how they want to live. It will happen someday but I don't know that it will be in my lifetime.
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