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Daughters Of Smoke & Fire

A Novel

by Ava Homa

Daughters Of Smoke & Fire by Ava Homa X
Daughters Of Smoke & Fire by Ava Homa
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  • First Published:
    May 2020, 320 pages
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    May 2021, 304 pages

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The unflinching story of a young Kurdish woman's fight to save her brother, and to give voice to the culture and the struggles of her people.

Ava Homa's debut novel begins with an epigraph by Sherko Bekas, a Kurdish poet, the last lines of which are, "You had to write poetry with the tip of a flame / And set fire to your fear and silence." This is precisely what the author accomplishes, fearlessly crafting a work at once beautiful and terrifying, shattering and tenderly hopeful. Through the life of a young Kurdish woman, Homa shines a light on the history of the Kurds, a story defined by brutal oppression but also rich with resistance and resilience.

The novel tells of the coming of age of Leila Saman, born in the Kurdish region of Iran. It spans five decades, from 1963 when her father witnessed the brutal massacre of his family by government troops, to the time of Iran's violent suppression of the Green Movement in 2009. Leila dreams about, "attending university, having my own job, buying my first camera, making films," ...

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