Tuesday, March 31, 2009

THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ Wins the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award

Congratulations to Dalia Sofer, whose novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, has won the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award. This award carries a $25,000 prize and will be presented at an awards ceremony in May at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. For more information please visit the Jewish Book Council.

"[A] richly evocative, powerfully affecting depiction of a prosperous Jewish family in Tehran shortly after the revolution . . . it's impossible to predict whether Sofer's novel will become a classic, but it certainly stands a chance . . . the book's simple plot is immediately engaging. . . . Sofer writes beautifully . . . and she tells her characters' stories with deceptive simplicity . . . The Septembers of Shiraz is miraculously light in its touch, as beautiful and delicate as a book about suffering can be."--Clare Messud, New York Times Book Review

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