Colony of Exiles
An adventure novel set in nineteenth century Baghdad
A Persian refugee family of gifted horsemen, artists, and leaders of their minority community, struggles with trust and separation. Four days before they are to be uprooted from their home, an experience all too familiar to them, two children and their uncle embark on a unique journey beyond Baghdad. Their mission is to find the most perfect horse on which their beloved leader can fulfill a ceremonial act for the honor of their persecuted community. As they travel by carriage, horseback, and riverboats to find and then to hide the perfect horse, the trio must learn to see behind themselves without turning their heads, the way horses do, if they are to survive the machinations of enemies. They must also deal with their internal demons and with the conflicts that arise among them. When each falls in love with a different horse, the passionate disagreement must be resolved so they can unanimously agree on the one that is perfect. Their mission will succeed only when they learn to trust each other and their own intuition equally. In the end, it is with the help of two magnificent horses that they finally discover and defeat the mysterious instigator of hate crimes who not only intends to thwart their goal but who has caused members of their community from Tehran to Baghdad to be killed or disappeared.
The fictional Moradian family is destined to suffer separation, just as millions of real refugees today are separated from family and home due to the violence of war, tribalism, and prejudice that persists in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world.
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