House of Sand and Fog by by Andre Dubus III: Summary and reviewsIn the summer of , Kathy Nicolo is mistakenly evicted from her house Bisgrove Street in Corona, California-because she did not pay the back-taxes owed by the owner of the house at 34 Biscove Street. Several weeks prior, his daughter Soraya had married into a wealthy Iranian immigrant family. Although Behrani and his family are U. When Kathy was evicted from her Corona house, she was served papers, one containing a telephone number for a Legal Aid office under California law, those who could not afford lawyers were given access to the courts through such offices. After Kathy's state-paid lawyer gives notice to the San Mateo County Tax Office, the county recognizes and admits its error and asks Behrani to sell the house back for the full auction price, thereafter to be returned to Kathy. He says he will only sell it back to them for the house's full market value.
House of Sand and Fog
Under the gray sky we passed one-story houses with small grass lawns. But no matter, if the town is a stand-in, the emotions in this book are not. As a side note, check out this link to see a picture of the house they used in the movie, which is now for sale. He moves his wife, son and daughter to Berkeley, where Soriya will have a chance to marry well. She does and now Behrani must do something so that his year-old son, Esmail can go to college and the family can be comfortable. Kathy was a hard character to like and I did try.
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The novel begins by introducing Massoud Behrani, a former colonel exiled from Iran after the Iranian Revolution. Because his background is military rather than professional, he has not been able to establish a career in the US and works as a trash collector and convenience store clerk. With savings, he pays the rent on an expensive apartment for his family and for an elegant wedding for his daughter, and his fellow, more successful Iranian exiles do not know that he holds low-skilled jobs. Meanwhile, Kathy Nicolo, a former drug addict who is still recovering from her husband abruptly leaving her, has been evicted from her home, long owned by her family, because of unpaid taxes the county wrongfully claimed she owed. When the house is placed for auction, Behrani seizes the opportunity and purchases it, depleting his son's entire college fund.
Rate this book. Buy This Book. Three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. A devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry. In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity.