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Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
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May 25, 2012

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bookshelves: coming-of-age, food, magical-realism, middle-east, non-western-culture, romance, united-kingdom, young-adult
Read from May 25 to 26, 2012

Mehran mixes up a nice little serving with many flavors. The novel centres on three sisters moving from Iran to Ireland in an attempt to rebuild their lives as owners of the Baylon Cafe after the revolution. They must combat overt opposition as well as sublte slights against them because of their ethnicity. One sister engages in a Romeo-Juliet relationship with a local that sets of a chain of events. Throughout, theses sisters employ food as a means of self-support, as an expression of their culture, as a means to sway the hearts and souls of the townies. A sweet and spicy little book, laced with a few moments of magial realism.

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