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Off the Radar

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Off the Radar by Cyrus Copeland
Mar 24, 2015 | ISBN 9780698170728

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“A personal, emotional, and ultimately satisfying journey of a son trying to discover who his father really was… This brilliant, touching tale of espionage, discovering family, and balancing cultures is recommended for fans of memoirs, spy stories, and Iranian culture.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Some people have a story so extraordinary that it must be told. Cyrus Copeland’s Off The Radar is one of those tales. I simply could not put this riveting book down. And now, I’m waiting for someone to make a movie about his extraordinary mother, the true heroine of this book.”—Firoozeh DumasNew York Times bestselling author of Funny in Farsi.

“An expansive and eloquent memoir that reads like a real-life spy novel … There are lessons both personal and political in the legacy of strife [Copeland] inherits, and Off the Radar explores both with pitch-perfect tone and deep emotion.”—Booklist

“A fascinating look into Iran at the time of immense change. It features several great stories, including Max’s attempted escape, the trial and Cyrus’ decision to return despite the danger.  Even more interesting now considering the U.S.’s recent diplomatic moves there.”—Best of Books

“Copeland . . . explores the mystery surrounding his father’s controversial persecution in revolutionary-era Iran.  The author attempts to reclaim his family’s pre-revolutionary past and uncover the mysterious life and death of his father, American Max Copeland, who was married to (and eventually represented by) the first female lawyer of the Islamic Republic. . . .  [A]n engaging narrative . . . that highlights his family’s resilience in the face of challenging, unforeseen political circumstances. Along the way, the author’s personal immersion in his family’s history helps him come to terms with his Iranian heritage and allows him to build a much-needed figurative bridge between two very different but equally misunderstood cultures. Both a gripping personal story and an insightful historical-cultural study.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Farewell, Godspeed

“Eulogies as love stories? They most certainly are. This is an extraordinary collection of 64 good-byes to the famous…”—The Boston Globe

It is impossible to read these tributes without feeling immense pride… and without weeping, a nourishing experience of humility.”—The Baltimore Sun

“A fascinating collection of memorial remarks about 50 well-known figures.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Copeland has compiled 64 memorials to larger-than-life individuals, written by eulogizers who are equally unforgettable…”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

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