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Nazanine Hozar

Nazanine Hozar was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Canada as a child with her family in 1985. Hozar is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s creative writing MFA program.



Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2019.
PS8615 .O96 A75 2019

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Nazanine Hozar’s stunning debut takes us inside the Iranian revolution–but seen like never before, through the eyes of an orphan girl. Through Aria, we meet three very different women who are fated to mother the lost child: reckless and self-absorbed Zahra, wife of the kind-hearted soldier; wealthy and compassionate Fereshteh, who welcomes Aria into her home, adopting her as an heir; and finally, the mysterious, impoverished Mehri, whose connection to Aria is both a blessing and a burden. The novel’s heart-pounding conclusion takes us through the brutal revolution that installs the Ayatollah Khomeini as Iran’s supreme leader, even as Aria falls in love and becomes a young mother herself.

Awards and Honours

2019 Globe 100 (Globe and Mail, 30 Nov. 2019)


Publisher Knopf Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada