A Time to Love in Tehran, Vol. I (2015)

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A Time to Love in Tehran, CG FEWSTON’s second novel and fourth book, was published in 2015. Before there was a revolution, there was a time to love in Tehran.

A Time to Love in Tehran takes place in 1974 and tells of the CIA officer John Lockwood and his great love Leila Bakr in Iran during the years before the revolution.

A Time to Love in Tehran won GOLD for Literary Classics’ 2015 best book in the category under “Special Interest” for “Gender Specific – Female Audience” and has been called a “cerebral, fast-paced thriller” by Kirkus Reviews, where it gained over 10,000 shares.

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CG FEWSTON “delivers an atmospheric and evocative thriller in which an American government secret agent must navigate fluid allegiances and murky principles in 1970s Tehran… A cerebral, fast-paced thriller.”   —  Kirkus Reviews

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A Time to Love in Tehran is a thrilling adventure which takes place in pre-revolutionary Tehran. Author CG FEWSTON provides a unique glimpse into this important historical city and its rich culture during a pivotal time in its storied past. This book is so much more than a love story. Skillfully paired with a suspenseful tale of espionage, A Time to Love in Tehran is a riveting study of humanity. Replete with turns & twists and a powerful finish, FEWSTON has intimately woven a tale which creates vivid pictures of the people and places in this extraordinary novel…

“Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, A Time to Love in Tehran by CG FEWSTON, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.”   —  LITERARY CLASSICS

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“Tehran, 1974—a perilous place at a momentous time, and the cruel poetry of that rendezvous has found its angel in CG FEWSTON.”  —  Richard Adams Carey, Assistant Director of the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University, is an American writer best known for Against the Tide: The Fate of the New England Fisherman (1999), a nonfiction chronicle of the 1995-96 fishing season in the lives of four Cape Cod commercial fishermen. Richard Adams Carey is also the author of In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town (2015), The Philosopher Fish (2005), and Ravens Children (1992).

“This novel gives us the excitement of Le Carré and Fleming, but its soul is found next to Márquez and Hemingway. You will be drawn in by the espionage and intrigue. You will stay because of the humanity.”  —  Darren R. Leo, author of The Trees Beneath Us (2015)

“CG FEWSTON is an exceptionally gifted writer. In A Time to Love in Tehran, he takes the reader back in time to pre-revolutionary Iran where hundreds of political prisoners were routinely executed. In this spellbinding novel, CG FEWSTON expertly mixes romance, lies, deceit, corruption and suspense. This page-turning novel will stay with the reader long after the last page is read.”  —  Kimberly Ann El-Jamal, author of Scrapbooking

“Just as Leila’s eyes pulled a suspicious Lockwood into a party in her powerful father’s home, the reader is drawn into an exotic tale of intrigue and danger set in Iran during the waning days of the Shah’s rule. CG FEWSTON’s clear and compelling prose doesn’t let the reader go until the end of his spy’s thrilling journey.”  —  R.J. Mirabal, author of Zero Visibility Possible (2016), Extreme Dust Storms May Exist (2015), and The Tower of Il Serrohe (2012)

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A Time to Love in Tehran won GOLD for Literary Classics’ 2015 best book in the category under “Special Interest” for “Gender Specific – Female Audience,” was a Finalist in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction, and a Finalist in the 2015 Mystery & Mayhem Novel Writing Contest.

A Time to Love in Tehran is the first of three interconnected novels set in 1974. The second novel A Time to Forget in East Berlin is set in East Germany in 1975-1976, and the third novel A Time to Remember in Moscow is set in the Soviet Union in 1977-1979.

If a reader wishes to go deeper into the trilogy’s overarching meanings and metaphors, A Time to Love in Tehran connects to the Garden of Eden, A Time to Forget in East Berlin connects to the Great Flood, and A Time to Remember in Moscow connects to the Redemption.

A Letter from the Author CG FEWSTON

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The American novelist CG FEWSTON has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (Italy), a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong’s CityU, & he’s been a member of the Hemingway Society, Americans for the Arts, PEN America, Club Med, & the Royal Society of Literature. He’s also been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) based in London.

He’s the author of several short stories and novels. His works include A Fathers Son (2005), The New America: A Collection (2007), The Mystics Smile ~ A Play in 3 Acts (2007), Vanity of Vanities (2011), A Time to Love in Tehran (2015), Little Hometown, America (2020), and A Time to Forget in East Berlin (2022).

Forthcoming: Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being; and, The Endless Endeavor of Excellence.

He has a B.A. in English, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership (honors), an M.A. in Literature (honors), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Fiction. He was born in Texas in 1979.