From award-winning Iranian author Porochista Khakpour comes a tender fable about the shapes love takes, a discovery of ineffable beauty, and the desire to make it last.
An ailing farmer in rural Iran unearths an extraordinary find: two parsnips, grown together and looking for all the world like entwined lovers. For now, the sublime treasure is his secret. Wrapping it in a silk handkerchief, he nestles it away in a dresser drawer. Day after day, he gazes at their unmistakable rapture, reminded of the long-gone youthful passions he once shared with his wife. So, too, he mourns the inevitable—the eventual decay of the parsnips in love. When he decides to share his discovery with the world, his life and the lives of those around him connect and change in the most unexpected ways.