Wednesday, February 10, 2010

book club reminder: Sons & Other Flammable Objects 3/1

Here's your friendly re-invitation to join me and the Undomestic Goddess for our book club on March 1 with Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons & Other Flammable Objects. You still have 17 days to read if you want to join (and if you're like me, you'll end up tearing through the darn thing in two days).

Here's the PW review/synopsis:
Khakpour builds her luminously intelligent debut around the travails of an Iranian-American family caught in the feverish and paranoid currents immediately after 9/11. Darius Adam and his wife, Laleh (who, much to Darius's disgust, Americanizes her name to Lala), flee revolutionary Iran for the alien territory of Southern California, settling in an apartment complex with the allegorically enticing name of Eden Gardens. Son Xerxes grows up with psychological dual citizenship: regular American outside of Eden Gardens, but the son of bitter Darius and clueless Lala inside. Xerxes finds true paradise in watching Barbara Eden, the star of I Dream of Jeannie. For the brilliantly rendered Lala, America is not so bad—it's a good place to ''lose your mind, which is how Lala translates into English her forgetting her unhappy Tehran childhood. Against this background of a parody paradise, Khakpour plays out the events following 9/11, which will, grotesquely, unite the Adam family. By then Xerxes, 26, is an unemployed college grad in a New York airshaft-view apartment, as far from Eden Gardens as possible. Khakpour is an elegant writer, and she imparts a perfect sense of the ironies of being Persian in America, where the blurry collective image of the Middle East alternates between blonde genies in bottles and furrow-browed terrorists in cockpits.

6 comments:

Laurel said...

Intrigued! I'm overdue with two critiques and my own monstrosity of imagination, but definitely interested.

Sarita Rucker said...

If I can find (or make) the time I think I'll have to read this!

angelle said...

remind me again beforehand or else i'll forget. i never get to be part of ur book clubs bc i never have read the book. haha

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Linguista said...

I'm in Japan, so I'd need at least a month and half notice to get the book. I'll listen out for the next one.

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