Infused with the prose of nostalgia, revelling in the simplicity of a rural culture that is gradually being eroded by ruthless oppression. Skilled writers such as Nayeri, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) and Hisham Matar (Anatomy of a Disappearance) play a crucial role in making the personal political. --The Age
This ambitious novel set in northern Iran in the decade after the 1979 revolution contains not a teaspoon but a ton of history, imagination, and longing. --Publishers Weekly
It's hard to believe A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is Nayeri's first novel as colorful phrases dance throughout this epic tale of grief and love, memory and myth. --Baltimore Times
A gripping tale of female oppression. --Australian Woman's Weekly
All her life, Saba has been taught that 'fate is written in the blood,' which convinces her that twins will live the same life, even if separated by land and sea. As she grows up in the warmth and community of her local village, falls in and out of love, and struggles with the limited possibilities available to her as a woman in Iran, Saba envisions that there is another way for her story to unfold. She imagines a simultaneous, parallel life -- a Western version, for her sister, filled with a freedom and control that Saba can only dream of.
A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is told in a bewitching voice that mingles the rhythms of Eastern storytelling with straightforward Western prose, to tell a wholly original story about the importance of controlling your own fate.
'Charming and engrossing, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is a vivid and evocative story about the places we love, the places we long for--and the places we can only imagine.' -Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles
'A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is pure magic: lyrical, captivating, funny and heartbreaking. Entering the world of the intriguing Saba Hafezi and her friends in a seaside village in northern Iran, I lost my heart. Powerful storytelling kept me riveted from the first page, but this is also a keenly intelligent investigation into the nature of narrative, the kaleidoscope of stories, dreams, and memories that define us, and how we create our own pasts and futures.' - Jean Kwok, author of Girl in Translation