Iran, Shiraz, Cultural Revolution, Middle East, Omar Khayyam, Tehran, Shah

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I have an uneasy feeling that history is catching up with old Persia all too fast. While Persia’s past still lies in plain sight, where an American family could live in it, I’m eager to tell our story. If for no other reason than for myself, to keep the memory of it as fresh as those new roses, as real as those tan mud walls.

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I have an uneasy feeling that history is catching up with old Persia all too fast. While Persia’s past still lies in plain sight, where an American family could live in it, I’m eager to tell our story. If for no other reason than for myself, to keep the memory of it as fresh as those new roses, as real as those tan mud walls.

In 1957, Sherman and Maxine Miller, an American professor and his wife, pulled up their Glendale, Californa, roots, moved to Persia and discovered a land of imaginative and beguiling adventures.

From the travails of dealing with a long series of eccentric servants, to attending weddings, extreme bath-housing, and the advice of the engaging, US-educated guide Ali, who’s in endless and seemingly hopeless search of love, this is a funny and insightful memoir that is one of a kind. Already the shadows of the turmoil that would change the country forever are there, but it remains in the writing a land of Omar Khayyám, jade and roses, seen through the lens of a sometimes bewildered, but never less than enchanted, American family.

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Category: Biography / Memoir
Publication Date: July 2015
Territories: World
ISBN: 978 1 911095 41 5 (paperback)/978 1 910570 47 0(ebook)