• A sweeping saga about the Iranian revolution as it explodes - told from the ground level and centre of the chaos. A Doctor Zhivago of Iran

    Margaret Atwood
  • Aria is a feminist odyssey, about a girl in a time of intolerance as the revolution in Iran is breaking out ... a poised and dramatic historical novel with contemporary relevance

    John Irving
  • A beautiful book set against the pains and passions of the Iranian Revolution . . . It is a book about a particular time and place yet also, and perhaps more importantly, about the common hopes and intimate longings of lives so forcibly invaded by national events

    Hisham Matar, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Return
  • Nazanine Hozar's immaculate first novel follows a group of Iranians in the lead-up to the 1979 revolution and marks the arrival of a major new voice

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • The skilfully told story of a young woman struggling to find her place in intolerant, revolutionary Iran

  • Explores the darkness and hope of a city on the brink of revolution . . . Epic. An impressive debut, not easily forgotten

  • An affecting portrait of the Iranian revolution . . . leaves you simultaneously heartbroken and full of hope

    Sunday Times
  • Set in a vibrantly depicted Tehran and spanning a 30-year period leading up to the 1981 Iranian Revolution, Hozar's serpentine narrative shows how the inequality and corruption of Iranian society under the Shah gives way to something more's a spellbinding debut

    Mail on Sunday
  • This rags-to-riches-to revolution tale about an orphan girl's coming of age in Iran is sweeping, cinematic and oh-so gripping. In it we follow Aria as she searches for belonging and falls in love amid the political tumult of her age

    Sunday Telegraph
  • Epic in scope . . . Hozar is a courageous and talented writer, excellent at capturing emotional complexity and interrogating her themes

    The Irish Independent