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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1979. The Iranian Revolution is just around the corner, as is a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse. Meanwhile, in the northeastern city of Naishapur, a retired judge and his wife, Bibi, run an ancient orchard, growing apples, plums, peaches, and sour cherries, and looking after several generations of family members. The days here are marked by long, elaborate lunches on the terrace and arguments about government corruption and the rise of religious fundamentalism, peppered with tales of ancient Persia that foreshadow the seismic political changes to come. And yet life continues. 

Bibi, the matriarch, struggles to keep her family together. Her young nephew goes to the university, hoping to lead the fight for a new Iran and marry his childhood sweetheart. Another nephew surrenders to opium, while his father longs for a life in Europe. Her brother-in-law evolves into a powerful Islamic cleric while her husband retreats into intellectual reflection.

Told through a host of vivid, unforgettable characters, ranging from children to servants to friends of the family, To Keep the Sun Alive is the kind of compelling, rich story that not only informs the past, but also reminds us of the human aspirations that animate historical events.

©2019 Rabeah Ghaffari (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Interesting story

I loved the story but would only give it a 3.5. I kept getting lost and confused. But when I knew what was going on it was great. I only believe this to be because of the unfamiliarity of the characters names. So totally my fault not the author!!!!!

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Enjoyed every second

Nobody will understand the sadness that lyes between the lines of this book but an Iranian who lived through this pages and witnessed it.
I appreciate ms Ghaffari ‘s narration on her own book because she put all her feelings while writing into her reading. It was a real life experience, one familiar with the situation would be able to even smell the food she described, feel the breeze and hear the songs and the music, and also feel the terror of a badly covered hair situation, or passing of the car full of angry resentful men looking for a bait. Thank you for the good book and for the good read . Hope to see more of her books here .

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this one was boring

I love listening to sudiobooks and rarely comment on the performer. but this performance was horrible it had little inflection so was so boring to listen to. I ended early and could finish. I found myself daydreaming and realizing I didn't pay attention to the story and that was a direct reflection on the droning voice.

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Touching.

I’m so glad that I came upon this book. Such a lovely touching sad story.

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oh man what a ride

I absolutely love this story I had a little trouble keeping the family tree together but it was an absolutely amazing story

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A challenging journey but so worth it.

Not an easy book to read for so many reasons, but I learnt so much.

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Brillant

Both story and narration outstanding. Evocative, and informative. Filled as much with Iranian culture as with human relationships, character development, and feeling. Could not put it down.