I'm behind on my reviews here because I need to add the books to the catalog. But I re-read this one because my RL Book Club is doing it for Dec.
I first read this after seeing the Shiran Neshat show at the Hirshhorn in DC. Honesty, go check out her work. Neshat did a film of this novel.
This is magic realism and is about women in the world of Iran. Even the one good man is actually more woman in a literary sense (he is a gardener).
It is a short novella, but it is about the feminine and knowledge. It is lyrical.