Half a Cup of Sand and Sky

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Alder House Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.89 inches | 1.29 pounds

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About the Author
Raised north of New York City in Garrison, Nadine now lives in Lund, Sweden, with her husband and twin daughters. She is the former editor of the Washington, DC-based journal Arms Control Today.

"From beautiful images of Iran, Sweden, and the UK, to heavily researched historical events, and to characters that are deeply human in their joys, mistakes, and dreams, Bjursten has written quite an exceptional book." -Independent Book Review (starred review)

"Bjursten's novel beautifully balances global risks with the stakes of a single woman's heart, imbuing both with compelling urgency." -Anne Welsbacher, IndieReader

"Brilliantly layered and beautifully written, this PEN America finalist is both a searing character portrait and an incisive examination of Iranian history, which is at once moving and illuminating." -The Independent Review of Books, Reviewers pick

"This exceptional story will ignite your imagination and touch your heart." -Midwest Book Review

"Bjursten immerses readers in a life, a nation, and an era." -Publishers Weekly, Editor's Pick

". . .enticing. . .thought-provoking. . . . An emotional historical journey through the recent history of nuclear armament." -Kirkus Reviews

"A real gem." -MAHBOD SERAJI, author of Rooftops of Tehran

"A wise, beautiful novel featuring a woman facing the eternal challenge: how to create an authentic self. . . I adored this book." -JOAN STEINAU LESTER, award-winning author of Loving Before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White

"Evocative, moving and informative."-JACQUIE BLOESE, author of The French House

"A captivating story that. . . shines a light on the many courageous Iranians striving for democracy, human security, and freedom." -TRITA PARSI, author of A Single Roll of the Dice