Jose Santoyo Santoyo من عند Inkkal, المغرب
The first 100-some pages are rough. Whole last half of the book is fantastic. Fast moving, questions demanding answers, all satisfactorily answered. There are too many female protagonists to distinguish among, 3 or 4. The switch around constantly, flipping all around 100 years time. You end up blurring them into one ongoing person. And the result of that is half the women aren't developed satisfyingly enough. But it doesn't matter in the end. It was really fun, good and tight and satisfying. Still, can't beat her first novel, "The House at Riverton", the same historical mystery "message gramma hid 100 years ago in the old mansion will set us all free" is one the best of the genre.
A beautiful, sad and inspiring story of a women's book club in the Islamic Republic of Iran. These women gathered in secret to read classic books from the cannon, most of which were banned in Iran at the time. The story weaves back and forth between being a political and feminist commentary, a history lesson, lit crit, and a gorgeous memoir. A must read.