‘A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea’ by Dina Nayeri
May 12, 2013
“A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea” is set in 1980s Iran.
The main character of the novel is Saba Hafezi.
She is an 11-year-old who has a vast imagination and a deep love for the Western culture.
Her twin sister, Mahtab Hafezi, shares that same love.
Together they hoard American items and feverishly write down every American word they come across.
One day Saba’s sister and mother go missing and she is left alone in Iran with her father.
Saba is certain that her sister and mother moved to America.
Driven by a story her parents told her as a child, that twins are destined to live the same life, she imagines how Mahtab’s life in America reflects against her life in Iran.
While she grows up under a new, tough Islamic regime, she pictures Mahtab basking in freedom.
Throughout this story, Saba learns that only she has the power to control her own fate.