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I'm such a fan of mysteries, the American southwest desert, public lands discussions, Native American voices, humor, and strong and sassy female leads, that this was a perfect read for me. It is current and so relevant, what with the most recent administration doing seemingly whatever it can to destroy our public as well as Native lands (and here we can also discuss the controversial history of our "public" lands...) in the interest of short-term greed. I also loved Petersen's descriptions of the landscape. All of this heavy content is embedded in the intertwined stories of some remarkable, likable heroes, alongside some deliciously creative villains. Read this book, and then let's have a discussion about the notion of "loving our public lands to death", and what some possible solutions are, shall we?
A budding romance set in 1950s Iran will envelop you in the atmosphere of the time - a beautiful setting during extreme political upheaval. Two young lovers must meet in secret in a stationery/book shop among the pages of Rumi and other great poets. As the intensity of their relationship grows so does the danger outside. This is historical fiction at its best! You will be drawn into this story as the pace continues to accelerate until the surprise ending!