1941 Téhéran: Dr. Soleiman Yaran, a celebrated dentist, returns to the Jewish Quarter. Where, he works on the Shah’s wife, Queen Fawzia Pahlavi, who has a toothache. Dr. Yaran is renowned for his innovative treatments, specifically an alternative to no novocaine, Ruby Magic, named after his wife. When Ruby dies in childbirth, Yaran commits himself to his people, his daughter, Neda, and his work. As he wins the Queen’s approval, Yaran must treat another powerful Muslim patient: the opium-addicted Governor General. What surprises him is how he feels after an encounter with the General’s defiant wife, Velvet. Amidst military conflict, political tumult, and oppression is a story of forbidden love. Will Soleiman Yaran risk the safety of his community for a married Muslim woman? Will Velvet risk her life to satisfy her yearning for affection? To complicate matters, Neda exhibits increasingly disturbing behavior, the General has a secret taboo, and Yaran is enlisted to help secure safe passage to Palestine for a group of Polish orphans. How it all ends is at once heartbreaking and hopeful.
Love and War in the Jewish Quarter
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2021
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