The Gardens of Consolation
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The Gardens of Consolation


Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2016

In the early 1920s, in the remote village of Ghamsar, Talla and Sardar, two teenagers dreaming of a better life, fall in love and marry. Sardar brings his young bride with him across the mountains to the suburbs of Tehran, where the couple settles down and builds a home. From the outskirts of the capital city, they will watch as the Qajar dynasty falls and Reza Khan rises to power as Reza Shah Pahlavi. 

Into this family of illiterate shepherds is born Bahram, a boy whose brilliance and intellectual promise are apparent from a very young age. Through his education, Bahram will become a fervent follower of reformer Mohammad Mosaddegh and will participate first-hand in his country's political and social upheavals.

Against the backdrop of a rapidly changing Iran, Parisa Reza has written a powerful love story filled with scenes of hope and heartbreak.

Title:The Gardens of Consolation
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:270 pages

    The Gardens of Consolation Reviews

  • Terri Jacobson
    Feb 04, 2017

    This book takes place in Iran from about the years 1922-1953. It begins with the story of Sardar and Talla, a Muslim couple who begin life as peasants in the small village of Ghamsar, south of Tehran....

  • Vivek Tejuja
    Mar 06, 2017

    “The Gardens of Consolation” by Parisa Reza is a book about common people, literally caught up in conditions which are not ordinary – things happen around them, their country changes and they ju...

  • Hannah
    Feb 17, 2017

    This is a beautiful book. From its quietly emotional first half to its increasingly political and complex second half, it is a story that feels above all supremely real. It's hard to say whether it's ...

  • Nuha
    Dec 28, 2016

    Maybe it was the translator, but this book was simply beautiful. I loved the details and societal and personal insights the author wove into the piece all the while keeping it light and readable. The ...

  • Jennifer
    Feb 26, 2017

    started beautifully but petered out for me in the end. till, A wonderful first novel. I look forward to reading more from her in the future....

  • Steve Schoenbeck
    Mar 07, 2017

    Excellent book! Conveys history I was not aware of with the immediacy of a novel. ...

  • Miriam
    Mar 14, 2017

    a beautiful love story begun in 1920s Iran and continuing into the political upheaval of the 1950s. beautifully written; real characters; genuine life situations. ...

  • Lizy
    Mar 17, 2017

    This book was such a great read! The writing is beautiful and I LOVED the view it gave of the development of Iran. I'd highly recommend it for just getting a good handle on Iran's modern history.My on...

  • World Literature Today
    Feb 28, 2017

    "To tell the story of the Amir family, Reza chooses a style and tone that reminds one of a fairy tale. Reading The Gardens of Consolation feels like being on a flying carpet with your grandmother and ...

  • Mitra Salasel
    Mar 03, 2017

    a cleverly crafted introduction to Iranian history and culture (clever in that it intersperses a lot of the social nuances and unique mannerisms into prose without making it obvious) through a story t...