When Zain’s father is fired from the CIA in March of 1980, it
creates a tremor that threatens to upend the family’s precarious balance. Zain’s
awakening to a world riddled with cracks and his adolescent attempts to mend
them are the stuff from which young men, and great stories, are made.
"In this spare and unsparing novel, Richard Lee Zuras breaks down the
critical Iran Hostage days of 1980, the gas shortage year, the year the
country pivoted from Carter’s idealism to Reagan’s patriotic pragmatism.
This narrator is gallant in his restraint, jarred by the violence–both psychic
and physical–of the private lives of adults, but he tells all without protest
or deflecting guile, without delusions, without the gnawing irony that
chews away at so many lesser works of and about those times. This novel
of commencement and initiation is set at a determining intersection of
histories, East and West, a moment in the life of this country mirrored in
the fate of the narrator. A profoundly affecting work."
–James Robison, author of