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As I told the author of this fantastic read, for someone like me who reads 3-4 books a week to remember a book a few months after reading it, much less years later,  that book will be forever marked  as a staff pic.  In fact, that’s one of the basic criteria for our permanent staff pic wall – books that years from now we’ll be able to say “wow- that was a great read.”  And the House of Sand and Fog was among the first on that wall!

— Jill

— Jill


"Elegant and unusual and volatile...literary thriller." --"Washington Post Book World"

In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Niccolo is a recovering alcoholic and addict whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.
Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills--and what it represents to each of them--and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge on an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog is a devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375708411
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: January 1st, 2000
Pages: 368