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Martyr! / Kaveh Akbar.

Akbar, Kaveh, (author).

"Cyrus Shams is a young man grappling with an inheritance of violence and loss: his mother's plane was shot down over the skies of the Persian Gulf in a senseless accident; and his father's life in America was circumscribed by his work killing chickens at a factory farm in the Midwest. Cyrus is a drunk, an addict, and a poet, whose obsession with martyrs leads him to examine the mysteries of his past--toward an uncle who rode through Iranian battlefields dressed as the angel of death to inspire and comfort the dying, and toward his mother, through a painting discovered in a Brooklyn art gallery that suggests she may not have been who or what she seemed.

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  • ISBN: 9780593537619
  • ISBN: 0593537610
  • Physical Description: 331 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2024.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book"
Subject: Immigrants > Fiction.
Painters > Fiction.
Terminally ill > Fiction.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) > Fiction.
Poets > Fiction.
Alcoholics > Rehabilitation > Fiction.
Iranian Americans > Fiction.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.

Available copies

  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.


  • 3 current holds with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library f (Text) 33062009834798 New Adult Fiction Checked Out 03/19/2024
Easton Main Library AKBAR (Text) 31901004764983 New Adult Fiction Checked Out 03/22/2024

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