The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen was winner of the U.S. 2001 National Book Award for Fiction and the U.K. James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2002.
Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
Ballinacroagh is a sheltered village in the damp and lovely County Mayo, Ireland. It is here the Aminpour sisters find a safe haven having fled the revolution era in Iran seven years earlier. The sisters set about creating a Persian oasis from the kitchen of an old pastry shop on Main Mall. Named the Babylon Café, wafts of cardamom, cinnamon and saffron float through the streets from the café and shock the towns residents who diet mostly on boiled cabbage and Guinness served at the local tavern. Inevitably not everyone is happy with this change, particularly Thomas McGuire who has been trying to buy the old pastry shop for years, only to find it occupied by foreigners. Business, however is booming for the sisters as they find supporters in Father Fergal Mahoney, the stand up comedian turned priest, Estelle Delmonico, a lonely widow and the headstrong hairdresser, Fiona Athey. Gradually the sisters are transformed, Marjan is thrilled with the demand for her food, young Lalyla finds first love, and tense haunted Bahar seems to be less nervous. However the past catches up with them and threatens their peaceful new life once more as the life they left behind bleeds into the present.
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