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....

  • 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 ...

  • Josh
    Feb 07, 2017

    My book club read The Gardens of Consolation for its February selection. I found the story compelling, largely due to my own lack of knowledge or experience as an average person during such a time. Ms...

  • Sue Myers
    Feb 17, 2017

    Interesting historical fiction of a time period in Iran that I did not know about. It begins as a love story between Sardir and Talla, 2 illiterate villagers. Eventually after losing 2 children, they ...

  • 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 ...

  • Hilary Lang Greenebaum
    Jan 22, 2017

    Wonderful story of a family in a whole other world! Some of the language and insights were quite breathtaking. I loved reading about how this family evolved during political crises and machinations. I...

  • Derrick
    Jan 23, 2017

    What an interesting book, beautifully written, and offered enlightening insights into a life and time and culture I knew little about. I enjoyed it very much....

  • Joan
    Jan 27, 2017

    Gorgeous writing, interesting novel....

  • Paul Bk
    Nov 28, 2016

    Parisa Reza - The Gardens of Consolation.This warm, intelligent novel captivated me. The prose is elegant and the narrative wonderfully descriptive. Talla and Sardar leave their childhood village for ...