Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets. Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, as the daughter of an aristocratic mother and wealthy father, Farrin must keep a low profile. It is 1988; ever since the Shah was overthrown, the deeply conservative and religious government controls every facet of life in Iran. If the Revolutionary Guard finds out about her mother’s Bring Back the Shah activities, her family could be thrown in jail, or worse.
The day she meets Sadira, Farrin’s life changes forever. Sadira is funny, wise, and outgoing; the two girls become inseparable. But as their friendship deepens into romance, the relationship takes a dangerous turn. It is against the law to be gay in Iran; the punishment is death. Despite their efforts to keep their love secret, the girls are discovered and arrested. Separated from Sadira, Farrin can only pray as she awaits execution. Will her family find a way to save them both?
Based on real-life events, multi-award winning author Deborah Ellis’s new book is a tense and riveting story about a world where homosexuality is considered so abhorrent that it is punishable by death.
Review: Weeping Flower Grows in Darkness by Kris
I was delighted by Kris Mukai’s The Extremely Small Witch
Bibi, Who Lives in Mrs. Sen’s Garden(my review of which you can find
here), and I’ve been sitting on a copy of Mukai’s latest work, Weeping
Flower, Grows in Darkness (Weeping Flower hereon in) for a while
now. Weeping Flower is a 25 page purple, red, and green
risograph-printed comic that Mukai self-published in April 2015. Mukai has,
between the two works, grown as a writer; Bibi, while cozy and playful,
does not have the intensity of purpose that Weeping Flower displays.
Weeping Flower follows Eleanor and
Micky, two neighborhood friends who play in the woods around their homes. The
adventures the two have together are pretty simple, exploring abandoned
campfires and creekbeds. The idyllic exploration initially masks what is a very
tense comic (we later we find out that Eleanor and Micky’s older brothers,
Jeremy and Lawson, are missing). Eleanor and Micky find some completely white flowers
under Micky’s family deck, and this strange discovery leads Eleanor down a
proverbial rabbit hole.
The comic is something of a period piece, although the
period isn’t a far and distant memory - the two youngsters spend time chatting
on AOL Instant Messenger, which among other small references place the comic
somewhere in the late 90s-early 00s. I thought this was an interesting choice,
potentially referencing Mukai’s own childhood memories.
That Jeremy and Lawson are missing has a big impact on the
overall mood of the story. Eleanor’s overactive imagination strongly reflects
an anxiety that is the result of conflict that exists just out of sight. Not
knowing where her brother and Lawson are, Eleanor fills in the gaps of her
knowledge of the older boys’ disappearance with her own story.The result fills
the book up with skin-crawling imagery. That Eleanor’s worries manifest
themselves in such a visual way is a testament to Mukai’s illustrative and
storytelling chops; seen and felt, not said, this dysphoria becomes more
effective with each pass.
There’s a specific scene I think is worth explicitly mentioning for its
spectacular pacing; Eleanor, after a night of horror and anxiety, tells Micky
her theory that explains both the white flowers and Jeremy and Lawson’s
disappearance. The scene lasts over four pages, and Micky ends up refuting
Eleanor’s proposed explanation for Jeremy and Lawson’s disappearance. But Mukai
lingers, and gives readers a chance to see a relationship change
in that moment. The background conflict Mukai continues to reference throughout
Weeping Flower has fundamentally changed the relationship that Eleanor
and Micky have, partially because of Eleanor’s anxiety, and partially because
of the secrecy of whatever is going on with the older siblings.
Despite the change in overall tone from previous work, the
energy of Mukai’s previous cartooning is still here, and breaks out in the best
moments. Eleanor falling in the woods, moaning, “I think I broke my butt.” felt
childlike and funny and real. But the strength of the malaise of Weeping
Flower proves to be its defining aspect, and the part of the comic that
lingers well after reading. Recommended.
My top 10 horror remakesfrom 2000-2015 as requested by anonymous.
I forgot The Crazies and I can’t be bothered to go back and make a banner for it, so just pretend it’s in there instead of Friday the 13th :) and honorable mention to Piranha 3D, I don’t care what anyone says that movie is a blast.
Louis was a drama student, so it only made sense that when his best-friend Zayn wanted his help with his film project, Louis agreed. He thought seducing heart breaker freshman Harry Styles would be easy, until he met him and realised the real task would be to not fall in love with him.
My favorite fic of all time has to be an extremely underrated one called "a nocturne in silver and blue" and the author is something like weird_loves. I was wondering if you would recommend it to your followers?