The Fortune Catcher is a family saga set against the Iranian Revolution, a story of epic love and a young woman’s political coming of age. Layla Bahari, half American, half Iranian, of Jewish and Muslim descent, returns to her father’s native country in 1981, two years after the Islamic Revolution, to marry her childhood sweetheart. Now seen as a Westernized enemy, she is imprisoned, tortured, and betrayed. Through her, we enter the country that became the modern world’s first theocracy. There we meet a grandmother who believes in the spiritual rightness of the revolution, an Israeli agent who plays a ruthless and dangerous double game, a sensitive cousin destroyed by her inability to take sides, and a privileged young husband sent as punishment to the Iran-Iraq war. With sustained political, cultural, and psychological insight, the author brings us face to face with the fanatical righteousness that tears families apart, destroys women’s freedoms, subjects love to the laws of tyranny, and tests a young woman’s sense of identity.