Everything Sad Is Untrue

Everything Sad Is Untrue

(a True Story)

eBook - 2020
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"At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and talks about poop too much. But Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night with the secret police moments behind them, back to the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy and further back to the fields near the river Aras, where rain-soaked flowers bled red like the yolk of sunset burst over everything, and further back still to the Jasmine-scented city of Isfahan."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York :, Levine Querido,, 2020
ISBN: 9781646140022
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (356 pages)
Alternative Title: Library2Go


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IndyPL_JennyM May 01, 2021

Nayeri‘s voice is masterfully winsome, both humorous and profound. Told as his 5th-grade self writing a report for class, he relays the memories of his family’s flight from Iran in a unique style, part Sheherizade in the Arabian Nights Tales and yet the point-of-view reads a bit like the teen narrator in Louis Sachar’s Holes, weaving past with present. I particularly recommend the audiobook as it is Nayeri reading it.

I defy you not to love Khosrou, the main character (the author) as a brother by the end of the book! He is unstoppably irresistible. Be not surprised, dear friend, when I hand you this book. It is the “cream of the cream” puffs!

I’d give it 10 stars if I could!

Jan 29, 2021

I like this style...it's easy to read and tells me what I want to know about the book/author

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