Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a book written in 2000 by Marjane Satrapi about a young girl living in Iran with her family during the Islamic revolution and Iranian revolution of 1979. Persepolis refers to the ancient capital of the Persian Empire and can be paralleled to the old regime of Iran.
This is a unique book, that has been ranked #5 of the ten best fiction books of the decade by Newsweek, because of its black and white comic book features. Depicting the main character, Marji, and her family and friends with comic strips makes reading this book about coming of age in a time of change so engaging. The passion young Marji has for her nation is what is so thrilling about this book.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is available through Indiana Humanities Novel Conversations lending library. Request a set (for free!) for your book club today.
In July and August, Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “passion,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme.