Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith

Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith

Book - 1999
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One star-studded night, five-year-old Lili witnesses her mother, Roxanna the Angel, sprout wings and vanish into the sky, undisturbed by the rules of gravity. Roxanna leaves no farewell, no word of explanation, no trace of her existence. Lili's subsequent search for her mother-spurred by the tireless efforts of her aunt Miriam the Moon-is at the heart of this mesmerizing epic tale that follows Roxanna, born as a bad-luck child in the harsh Jewish ghetto of Tehran, through the opulent world of Iran's aristocracy, to the whorehouses of Turkey and beyond, to present-day Los Angeles. At stake are Roxanna's hopes for happiness, for escaping the bonds of Old World tradition and finding forgiveness for that most egregious of sins-desire. Weaving together strands of Persian and Jewish culture, Gina Nahai brings to life a courageous circle of women rooted in their homeland but reshaping their lives in America, the land of chances and choices.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780151003884
0151003882
Branch Call Number: BARK
Characteristics: 376p. 24cm.

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Jane60201 Dec 28, 2013

A wonderfully creative book about the lives of Iranian Jews. Starts in Tehran and ends in the Westwood area of L.A. where today's Iranian Jews have settled.

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Nahai manages to empower women in situations where they could not possibly have power. This is a well-written and beautiful book.

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