Monday, July 7, 2008

Rosewater and Soda Bread by Marsha Mehran

How do three Iranian sisters end up in a tiny Irish village in the 1980's? That question is often alluded to but never fully explained in this charming tale of secrets and mystery in a sleepy fishing village full of fascinating characters. Marjan, Bahar and Layla, having sought refuge from the Shah of Iran, open a Persian cafe, serving delectable treats to many quirky people. Each sister struggles with her own inner demons while adjusting to this new community and culture and end up embroiled in a tale that could land them all in jail.

While I enjoyed the story and was never able to guess where it was headed, I found myself wanting to know more about the sisters' lives before coming to Ireland. The food, of course, sounded heavenly and I was delighted to see recipes included!

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