Another significant fiction debut is that made by film editor and screenplay writer Rabeah Ghaffari with her deft, brilliant novel set in part in the time of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, To Keep the Sun Alive (Catapult).
“How do we recognize the moment our future has been written for us? In To Keep the Sun Alive, as the Islamic Revolution looms just outside the gate of an Iranian family orchard, Rabeah Ghaffari has built a world so lush, so precise that you will find yourself rewriting history if only to imagine it could still exist.” —Mira Jacob.
“In her lush and atmospheric debut, author Ghaffari sketches a complex portrait of a country on the brink of revolution and explores the poignant ways political unrest can bind or tear families apart … the story’s generous emotional core [gives] it a nuanced, character-driven exploration of a formative moment in a country’s complicated history. An evocative and deeply felt narrative portrait.” - Kirkus Reviews.