There is something about this very sad book that makes it impossible to put down even if you think you would rather be reading something lighter. It takes place in Iran in the time from the eighties to the present. It is a disjointed set of stories of the families of those who were imprisoned or even killed for disagreeing with the Iranian governent. There are children raised with cousins by grandparents, children who remember their parents being taken away, and children whose parents never return. As adults they try to lead "normal" lives, but their experiences in Iran in the eighties color everything. A truly compelling read.