This reading group guide for We Heard the Heavens Then includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Aria Minu-Sepehr. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
Introduction We Heard The Heavens Then
is a story of two people: a young Aria Minu-Sepehr – son of a famous General and innocent witness to the violent 1979 Iranian Revolution – and the adult Aria – an author and academic forced to appraise his quick childhood with a measured eye. By turns a lyrical, comical, and horrific memoir, Aria recounts what it was like coming of age in a rapidly Middle Eastern World and what it took to weather the storm and continue to believe in a better future for himself, his family, and his beloved, imperiled father. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1.After reading this memoir, how do you interpret the Iranian-Islamic revolution against the shah and the current political climate in Iran? Has the book provided a new outlook into an ongoing world struggle?
2.Discuss Bubbi’s role in Aria’s ever-changing household. Do you think she resented Aria’s family as much as she sometimes let on? What about her occasional revers