When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood
âThe revolution is not only inevitable, it is imminent. It is not only imminent, it is quite imminent. And when the time comes, my father will lead it.â
With a profound gift for capturing the absurd in life, and a deadpan wisdom that comes from surviving a surreal childhood in the Socialist Workers Party, SaÃ¯d Sayrafiezadeh has crafted an unsentimental, funny, heartbreaking memoir.
SaÃ¯dâs Iranian-born father and American Jewish mother had one thing in common: their unshakable conviction that the workersâ revolution was coming. Separated since their son was nine months old, they each pursued a dream of the perfect socialist society. Pinballing with his mother between makeshift Pittsburgh apartments, falling asleep at party meetings, longing for the luxuries heâs taught to despise, Said waits for the revolution that never, ever arrives. âSoon,â his mother assures him, while his long-absent father quixotically runs as a socialist candidate for president in an Iran about to fall under the ayatollahs. Then comes the hostage crisis. The uproar that follows is the first time SaÃ¯d hears the word âIranâ in school. There he is suddenly forced to confront the combustible stew of his identity: as an American, an Iranian, a Jew, a socialist... and a middle-school kid who loves football and video games.
Poised perfectly between tragedy and farce, here is a story by a brilliant young writer struggling to break away from the powerful mythologies of his upbringing and create a lifeâand a voiceâof his own. SaÃ¯d Sayrafiezadehâs memoir is unforgettable.
- Author: Said Sayrafiezadeh
- Publication Date: 2009-03-24
- Publisher: The Dial Press
- Product Group: Book
- Manufacturer: The Dial Press
- Binding: Hardcover, 304 pages
- Item Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 577L x 102W x 850H
- Weight: 89
- Package Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 830L x 560W x 120H
- Weight: 85
- List Price: $22.00
- ISBN: 0385340680
- ASIN: 0385340680