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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea [Kindle Edition]

Dina Nayeri
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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There's a kaleidoscopic quality to Dina Nayeri's prose, evoking the beat of Eastern storytelling, while its cadences remain resolutely American... The novel's message, however, is universal: we must do all we can to control our own fates. --Daily Mail

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

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Growing up in a small fishing village in 1980s Iran, 11-year-old Saba Hafezi and her twin sister, Mahtab, are fascinated by America. They keep lists of English words and collect contraband copies of Life magazine and Bob Dylan cassettes. So when Saba finds herself abandoned, alone with her father in Iran, she is certain that her mother and twin have moved to America without her.

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 634 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1594487049
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (30 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too long 5 Feb 2014
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This book started well and held my interest and it contained a bit of a mystery. The setting and characters were well drawn and I enjoyed it at first. However, it went on for far too long and seemed to repeat a lot of the same things. The main character was always making up stories about what may have happened to her mother and twin sister, but in the end it was a bit wishy washy and I,m afraid I skipped a lot of it. Not really worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating portrait of Iran 1 Feb 2014
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This novel reveals modern-day Iran, seen through the eyes of several people, but mostly through the eyes of a twin, whose mother and twin sister have disappeared. My heart went out to the poor father, who in addition to having a difficult family situation, has to live "on the edge", always concerned that he might be caught for being a Christian. The writing is charming, funny, and interesting. However, I found the daughter quite irritating, too dreamy and selfish. Her obsession with her lost twin sister drove me crazy at times!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Oct 2013
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Great story, interesting plot and characters. I would recommend it for those interested in other cultures. Touching and amusing at times.
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