“Colonel Massoud Amir Behrani was once a powerful and respected officer in the Shah of Iran’s air force. Having fled the country with his family, he works by day spearing trash on California highways and by night as a clerk in a convenience store while deceiving his family into believing that he has a loftier job. Now, willing to risk the modest remainder of his fortune to restore his family’s dignity, he buys a small house at a county auction, planning to sell it again for three or four times what he paid. But the house has been auctioned because of a bureaucratic error, and Behrani’s fragile plans are jeopardized when Kathy Nicolo, the owner of the house, begins to protest the sale. A recovering alcoholic and addict, Kathy is desperate to regain her only tie to stability—her home. In doing so, she enlists the help of Deputy Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who has fallen precipitously in love with her. As Kathy and Lester become obsessed with seeking justice by whatever means possible, the three characters converge on an explosive collision course.
Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog is a devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry.” Knopf-Doubleday Reading Group Center website
Don’t miss the discussion of this book on Wednesday, October 13, 2011 at Parham Campus! The event will be held in The Gallery, Room 101 in Georgiadis Hall from 5:00-6:30 pm. (PLEASE NOTE EARLIER TIME) Refreshments will be served.
Copies of House of Sand and Fog are available for checkout at all JSRCC libraries.
Around the World Through Books is a free community event sponsored by the Multicultural Enrichment Council at JSRCC.