Praise for DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE

“A fiery, soul-nourishing debut novel"
- Los Angeles Review of Books

"One of the 5 biggest books of May (2020)"

- The Independent

"A best new fiction"

- The Globe and Mail

"A must-read"

- Now Magazine

"One of the best reads of 2020"

- Reader's Digest
 

“A blisteringly powerful tale of standing up to oppression and terror . . . [a] haunting novel.”- Independent​

 

"At once a feminist text, a story of survival in the face of adversity and an exploration of cruelty through the eyes of those who are powerless, 'Daughters of Smoke and Fire' is a superb narrative that marks the arrival of a new voice in contemporary fiction" - San Francisco Chronicle

2020 Winner Silver Nautilus Award for Fiction

Voted best 2020 novel by

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The unforgettable, haunting story of a young woman's perilous fight for freedom and justice for her brother - the first novel published in English by a female Kurdish writer.

 

Set in Iran, this extraordinary debut novel takes listeners into the everyday lives of the Kurds. Leila dreams of making films to bring the suppressed stories of her people onto the global stage, but obstacles keep piling up. Leila's younger brother Chia, influenced by their father's past torture, imprisonment, and his deep-seated desire for justice, begins to engage with social and political affairs. But his activism grows increasingly risky and one day he disappears in Tehran. Seeking answers about her brother's whereabouts, Leila fears the worst and begins a campaign to save him. But when she publishes Chia's writings online, she finds herself in grave danger as well. 

Daughters of Smoke and Fire is an evocative portrait of the lives and stakes faced by 40 million stateless Kurds and a powerful story that brilliantly illuminates the meaning of identity and the complex bonds of family, perfect for fans of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun.

Recent Appearances

Ava Homa speaking at the United Nations, Geneva

Speaking before the general assembly, Ava brought attention to the dire situation of Kurdish women in Iran. While Kurdish women in Syria are the empowered ones defeating the Islamic State, the ones in Iran are left under tremendous pressure, enough to make them question the meaning of their life. 

Ava Homa On France24 Speaking about the Iran Protests

The author of Daughters of Smoke and Fire speaks about resistance and repression in the context of the 2022 protests sweeping Iran.