Monday, September 17, 2007

Dalia Sofer's most important books

Dalia Sofer was born in Iran and fled at the age of ten to the United States with her family. She received her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002 and has been a resident at Yaddo.

Her debut novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, was published this summer.

She recently told Newsweek about her five most important books.

And she addressed two other book-related issues:

A Certified Important Book you've never read:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. We're all products of the time we live in and its political events, so I'd like to read it ... but it's just so long.

A book you'd like to share with your children:

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. It's a letter from an aging father to his young son. And it contains all these brilliant ruminations on life, love, religion, friendship and space. And the writing is absolutely crystalline and gorgeous.

Read about Sofer's most important books.

--Marshal Zeringue