Redolent with the scent of lilac and oleander blossoms, and bursting with the flavors of quinces and overripe plums, Strand of a Thousand Pearls is the story of the imagined and actual marriages of the Azizyan girls, their years of yearning, restless and impatient, and the truth of their engagements, miles away from the enchanted realm and imaginary heroes of their dreams.
Six years ago, Dorit Rabinyan burst onto the scene with PersianBrides, a novel that established her as a writer of incandescent spirit with a gift for spinning wry, magical tales about the vagaries of love and marriage. In Strand of a Thousand Pearls, she has given us a bitter-sweet fable about desires fulfilled and denied—about married love and carnal love, about mother’s love and the kind of love that vanishes one night without warning, like an evaporated dream.
Dorit Rabinyan was born in Kefar-Saba, Israel, to Persian parents and wrote her first novel, Persian Brides, at twenty-one. An award-winning international bestseller translated into ten languages, Persian Brides established her as the voice of a new generation in Israel…. More about Dorit Rabinyan
“A lovely story with compelling characters showcased subtly against the realities of contemporary life in the Middle East.” —USA Today
“A moving fable of love…exquisite.” —USA Today
“A formidable talent.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Rabinyan’s story is, above all, about women….The marriage stories overlap and weave together in a rich pattern that resembles a parable or family legend.” —Los Angeles Times
“Spellbinding…a literary love story of crushed dreams, part family drama, part modern-day fairy tale.” —Glamour
Other Suggested Reading
-Persian Brides by Dorit Rabinyan –A Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginezburg. –The History by Elza Morante –Be My Knife and The Internal Grammar Book, by David Grossman -The Judges by Elie Wiesel –Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer -Desirable Daughters by Bharati Mukherjee –Atonement by Ian McEwan –Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro –Halide’s Gift by Frances Kazan –Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esqueval –Portrait in Sepia by Isabelle Allende –The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy -Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri –A Heart So White by Javier Marias