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The Walking - Laleh Khadivi

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A haunting novel of the immigrant experience, from the bestselling author of The Age of Orphans.

Iran. 1979. The mullahs have come to power and they want everyone to know. Two young Kurdish brothers, Saladin and Ali, are forced to swear their loyalty to the new regime by taking part in a massacre. In the traumatic aftermath of the killing they flee.

For Saladin, the younger, the decision to travel west is exciting; this is the direction of Hollywood, Los Angeles, America. But his euphoria is not enough for the reluctant Ali, who belongs, heart and soul, to the mountain town of his birth. As they cross the treacherous Zagros mountains by foot to Istanbul, to the Azores by freighter and finally as smuggled cargo aboard a plane to Los Angeles, Saladin realises that his dream of a better future can only be fulfilled alone. And as he walks along the hot, shimmering beaches of the promised land, unbearably dislocated, Saladin must define who he will become - and who he's always been.

Haunting and beautifully written, The Walking is a story of exodus; of those many people torn between the lure of home and the lure of hope.

About the Author

Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran, in 1977. In the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution her family fled, first to Belgium and Puerto Rico, finally settling in Canada and the United States. Khadivi received her MFA from Mills College and was a Creative Writing Fellow in Fiction at Emory University. In 2008 she received The Whiting Writers' Award. In 2009 she published her first novel The Age of Orphans. Laleh Khadivi lives in San Francisco.

Lyrical and illuminating Independent The Walking is a deliberate, nakedly passionate confrontation with her past -- Mike Peed International Herald Tribune Khadivi's second novel is powerfully told ... She is at her best when considering those who fled -- David Evans Financial Times

ISBN: 9781408814840
ISBN-10: 1408814846
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st March 2013
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.3  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1