October 26, 2004
Soup is an enchanting tale of love, family and renewal
that illuminates the magical qualities of Persian cuisine." --
Firoozeh Dumas, Funny
Marsha Mehran is the author of Pomegranate
Soup, a novel being publised
Random House in Spring 2005. Born in Tehran on the eve of the Iranian
Revolution, Marsha Mehran escaped the upheaval with her family
for Buenos Aires,
Argentina. There her parents set up a Middle Eastern
she attended a Scottish private academy, where the self-assured
tones of bagpipes and rudimentary school kilts instilled in her
love of all things Celtic. Marsha has also lived in the US
and Australia. She now resides in the West of Ireland with her
husband Christopher, who is constantly called upon to taste her
About the novel
For the inhabitants of the town of Ballinacroagh
in the West of Ireland, the repertoire of gastronomic delights
beyond the limp meals at the local inn's carvery. This all changes
when the beautiful Middle Eastern Aminpour
sisters sweep into town and open the exotic Babylon Café.
Eldest sister Marjan Aminpour is the nurturer with culinary gifts,
who concocts tempting treats like dolmeh (stuffed grape leaves)
and rose-water infused baklava.
Layla, the beguiling teenager, finds first love with the
son of a narrow-minded town bully. And middle sister, Bahar,
of the Iranian Revolution and the looming return of her ruthless,
But not everyone in the village welcomes them
with open arms -- some of the older battle axes fear for the sanity
of their husbands;
the town’s tyrannical publican has his eye on their property
to open the disco he's been dreaming of for years, and his foul-mouthed
namesake, Tom Junior has his eyes on Layla...
story, part fairy-tale, part comedy of errors, part love story,
Soup stirs up a magical tale with
delicious recipes for readers of Chocolat and Like
Water for Chocolate; it will no doubt leave readers hungry for a second helping
from this bright new author.
Sent by Christopher Collins
Photo by Jordan Matter
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