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Sahar Delijani: "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree"

In 1983, a baby girl named Neda is born in prison in Tehran, Iran. The baby’s mother is a political prisoner and only allowed to keep her for a few months before a guard takes her away. Neda is a fictional character in the debut novel “Children of the Jacaranda Tree” by Sahar Delijani. But Neda is based on the real life story of the book’s author, who spent the first forty-five days of her life in prison in Tehran. Like the fictional character Neda, Delijani was raised by her grandparents for a few years until her parents were released. Delijani’s family eventually leaves Iran and moves to northern California.

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Copyright © 2013 by Sahar Delijani from "Children Of The Jacaranda Tree" published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.


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