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The Persian Bride Set in Iran during the last 25 years, James Buchan's utterly transporting novel The Persian Bride is part delightful romance, part...The Persian BrideFiction, Romance Set in Iran during the last 25 years, James Buchan's utterly transporting novel The Persian Bride is part delightful romance, part...2000-10-27Houghton Mifflin
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The Persian Bride

Genre: Fiction, Romance; Author: James Buchan; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Set in Iran during the last 25 years, James Buchan’s utterly transporting novel The Persian Bride is part delightful romance, part journey into a harrowing political labyrinth. As an adventure-seeking young hippie in the mid-1970s, narrator John Pitt lands a job teaching Isfahani schoolgirls English — only to fall in love with a student, Shirin, the prickly, whip-smart teenage daughter of the Shah’s star military advisor. The couple’s elopement to a crumbling Persian Gulf mansion — a passionate idyll culminating in their daughter’s birth — eventually leads to John’s nightmarish imprisonment during Khomeini’s revolution and fundamentalist regime, with his wife’s and daughter’s fates unknown. Employing elegant prose and scathing wit, Buchan (A Parish of Rich Women) inlays the dramatic architecture of recent Iranian history with a dazzling — and ultimately hopeful — love story. A