Rory loves this book. "This book bowled me over. A debut about the hot sting of youth, family, identity, written with lyrical honesty. Following three brothers navigating their young lives and making sense of their American and Iran identities."
A searing, sunlit debut about the powerful bonds that make and break one Iranian-American family. Three young brothers leave Los Angeles in the dead of night for Iran, taken by their father from their mother to a country and an ancestral home they barely recognize. They return to the Valley months later, spit back into American life and changed in inexorable ways. Under the dazzling light of the California sun, our protagonist, the youngest brother, begins to piece together a childhood shattered by his father's violence, a queer adolescence marked by a shy, secret love affair with a boy he meets on the basketball court, and his ever-changing status as a Muslim in America at the turn of the new millennium.