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TAKE WHAT YOU CAN CARRY

It’s 1979. Olivia Murray, a secretary at a Los Angeles newspaper, is determined to become a photojournalist and make a difference with her work. When opportunity arrives, she seizes it, accompanying her Kurdish boyfriend, Delan, to northern Iraq for a family wedding, hoping to capture an image that lands her a job in the photo department. More important, though, the trip is a chance to understand Delan’s childhood and bridge the differences of their pasts. Yet when the return home proves less safe than Delan believed, Olivia is confronted with a reality she had not expected, and is awakened to the dangers of a town patrolled by Iraqi military under curfew and constant threat.

But in this world torn apart by war, there are intoxicating sights and scents, Delan’s loving family, innocence not yet compromised, and small acts of kindness that flourish unexpectedly. All of it will be tested when Olivia captures a shattering, tragic moment on film, one that upends all their lives and proves that true bravery begins with an open heart.

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YOU WERE HERE

Abby Walters has always been preoccupied with death, accidental and early. When she is thirty-three, a recurring dream from her past returns: a paralyzing nightmare of being buried alive, the taste of dirt in her mouth terrifying and real. But this time a name from her family's history is revealed. Looking for answers, Abby returns home to Minnesota for the first time in fourteen years, where she reconnects with her high school crush, now a police detective on the trail of a violent criminal. As she begins to uncover the traces of a love triangle gone horribly wrong, the carefully buried events of one fateful night in 1948 are brought shockingly to life.

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PSYCHIC JUNKIE

When her promised stardom fails to materialize, struggling actress Sarah Lassez finds solace in psychics who predict the coming of the man of her dreams. She's sure she's found him in Wilhelm, a suave hotel sous-chef from Germany, but mayhem ensues when she takes the words of the psychic over the words of her actual boyfriend and is convinced he's about to propose - when in reality he's planning on leaving the country....without her. Sarah's world dissolves into a haze of credit card debt, loneliness, and a raging addiction to psychics that threatens to destroy her finances, her relationships, and her sanity. Written with Gian Sardar, Psychic Junkie is Sarah's memoir, a hilarious and poignant story that will that will resonate with everyone who has ever tried to make sense of career, relationships, and adulthood.

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Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“Sardar's characters are well-developed and her prose is dreamlike, at times reading very much like poetry.... {T}his deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn."

- Kirkus Reviews

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

 

BIO

Gian Sardar studied creative writing at Loyola Marymount University and is the author of the novel You Were Here, as well as the coauthor of the memoir Psychic Junkie. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and insane dog.

 

Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“Sardar's characters are well-developed and her prose is dreamlike, at times reading very much like poetry.... {T}his deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn."

- Kirkus Reviews

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Lush and sensual and dangerous, Take What You Can Carry is an eye-opening story that deserves to be told. Gian Sardar's prose is breathtaking; and her book took me on a fascinating journey that I'd never before imagined. A true original.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jill Santopolo,

New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words

With lush, vivid settings, Take What You Can Carry is a story of love and family, and of the heartbreaking power of returning home to the place that knows you best.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Janelle Brown,

New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things and Watch Me Disappear

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“Sardar's characters are well-developed and her prose is dreamlike, at times reading very much like poetry.... {T}his deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn."

- Kirkus Reviews

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Lush and sensual and dangerous, Take What You Can Carry is an eye-opening story that deserves to be told. Gian Sardar's prose is breathtaking; and her book took me on a fascinating journey that I'd never before imagined. A true original.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

Jill Santopolo,

New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words

With lush, vivid settings, Take What You Can Carry is a story of love and family, and of the heartbreaking power of returning home to the place that knows you best.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“Sardar's characters are well-developed and her prose is dreamlike, at times reading very much like poetry.... {T}his deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn."

- Kirkus Reviews

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Jill Santopolo,

New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words

With lush, vivid settings, Take What You Can Carry is a story of love and family, and of the heartbreaking power of returning home to the place that knows you best.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Lush and sensual and dangerous, Take What You Can Carry is an eye-opening story that deserves to be told. Gian Sardar's prose is breathtaking; and her book took me on a fascinating journey that I'd never before imagined. A true original.

Janelle Brown,

New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things and Watch Me Disappear

“Take What You Can Carry is that rare dream of a novel that transports readers to a time and place—late 1970s Kurdistan, Iraq—with the power and immediacy of a lush perfume. Sardar delivers a high-stakes love story between a Kurdish immigrant turned Hollywood actor and a fierce aspiring photojournalist that uncovers the burden and blessing of family, ambition, and privilege during times of political upheaval. A thoroughly modern journey to the recent past, this novel is an aching pleasure, a revelation.”

Yoojin Grace Wuertz,

author of Everything Belongs to Us

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Lush and sensual and dangerous, Take What You Can Carry is an eye-opening story that deserves to be told. Gian Sardar's prose is breathtaking; and her book took me on a fascinating journey that I'd never before imagined. A true original.

Jill Santopolo,

New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words

With lush, vivid settings, Take What You Can Carry is a story of love and family, and of the heartbreaking power of returning home to the place that knows you best.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Julie Clark,

New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Janelle Brown,

New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things and Watch Me Disappear

“Take What You Can Carry is that rare dream of a novel that transports readers to a time and place—late 1970s Kurdistan, Iraq—with the power and immediacy of a lush perfume. Sardar delivers a high-stakes love story between a Kurdish immigrant turned Hollywood actor and a fierce aspiring photojournalist that uncovers the burden and blessing of family, ambition, and privilege during times of political upheaval. A thoroughly modern journey to the recent past, this novel is an aching pleasure, a revelation.”

Yoojin Grace Wuertz,

author of Everything Belongs to Us

“Set forth in vivid, propulsive writing, Take What You Can Carry is a love story that is also a love song to the Kurdish people and an adventure tale that balances the risks of ambition with the costs of responsibility. Blending romance and near history, Gian Sardar has produced a tale filled with indelible images and characters one comes to know as family. A rich and satisfying read.”

Meg Howrey, author of The Wanderers

Take What You Can Carry is a beautifully crafted, heartrending portrait of the disparate worlds of America and Kurdistan in the 1970s woven together with an epic love story that is rich, tragic, compelling, and realized with deep care and insight. Powerful and moving

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

“Take What You Can Carry is a heart-wrenching journey of understanding between two worlds as foreign as they are familiar that will change everything you thought you knew about Iraq.

Kristin Fields, author of A Lily in the Light and A Frenzy of Sparks

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“Sardar's characters are well-developed and her prose is dreamlike, at times reading very much like poetry.... {T}his deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn."

- Kirkus Reviews

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Lush and sensual and dangerous, Take What You Can Carry is an eye-opening story that deserves to be told. Gian Sardar's prose is breathtaking; and her book took me on a fascinating journey that I'd never before imagined. A true original.

Jill Santopolo,

New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words

With lush, vivid settings, Take What You Can Carry is a story of love and family, and of the heartbreaking power of returning home to the place that knows you best.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Julie Clark,

New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Janelle Brown,

New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things and Watch Me Disappear

“Take What You Can Carry is that rare dream of a novel that transports readers to a time and place—late 1970s Kurdistan, Iraq—with the power and immediacy of a lush perfume. Sardar delivers a high-stakes love story between a Kurdish immigrant turned Hollywood actor and a fierce aspiring photojournalist that uncovers the burden and blessing of family, ambition, and privilege during times of political upheaval. A thoroughly modern journey to the recent past, this novel is an aching pleasure, a revelation.”

Yoojin Grace Wuertz,

author of Everything Belongs to Us

“Set forth in vivid, propulsive writing, Take What You Can Carry is a love story that is also a love song to the Kurdish people and an adventure tale that balances the risks of ambition with the costs of responsibility. Blending romance and near history, Gian Sardar has produced a tale filled with indelible images and characters one comes to know as family. A rich and satisfying read.”

Meg Howrey, author of The Wanderers

Take What You Can Carry is a beautifully crafted, heartrending portrait of the disparate worlds of America and Kurdistan in the 1970s woven together with an epic love story that is rich, tragic, compelling, and realized with deep care and insight. Powerful and moving

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

“Take What You Can Carry is a heart-wrenching journey of understanding between two worlds as foreign as they are familiar that will change everything you thought you knew about Iraq.

Kristin Fields, author of A Lily in the Light and A Frenzy of Sparks

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“Sardar's characters are well-developed and her prose is dreamlike, at times reading very much like poetry.... {T}his deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn."

- Kirkus Reviews

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Lush and sensual and dangerous, Take What You Can Carry is an eye-opening story that deserves to be told. Gian Sardar's prose is breathtaking; and her book took me on a fascinating journey that I'd never before imagined. A true original.

Jill Santopolo,

New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words

With lush, vivid settings, Take What You Can Carry is a story of love and family, and of the heartbreaking power of returning home to the place that knows you best.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Julie Clark,

New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Janelle Brown,

New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things and Watch Me Disappear

“Take What You Can Carry is that rare dream of a novel that transports readers to a time and place—late 1970s Kurdistan, Iraq—with the power and immediacy of a lush perfume. Sardar delivers a high-stakes love story between a Kurdish immigrant turned Hollywood actor and a fierce aspiring photojournalist that uncovers the burden and blessing of family, ambition, and privilege during times of political upheaval. A thoroughly modern journey to the recent past, this novel is an aching pleasure, a revelation.”

Yoojin Grace Wuertz,

author of Everything Belongs to Us

“Set forth in vivid, propulsive writing, Take What You Can Carry is a love story that is also a love song to the Kurdish people and an adventure tale that balances the risks of ambition with the costs of responsibility. Blending romance and near history, Gian Sardar has produced a tale filled with indelible images and characters one comes to know as family. A rich and satisfying read.”

Meg Howrey, author of The Wanderers

Take What You Can Carry is a beautifully crafted, heartrending portrait of the disparate worlds of America and Kurdistan in the 1970s woven together with an epic love story that is rich, tragic, compelling, and realized with deep care and insight. Powerful and moving

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

“Take What You Can Carry is a heart-wrenching journey of understanding between two worlds as foreign as they are familiar that will change everything you thought you knew about Iraq.

Kristin Fields, author of A Lily in the Light and A Frenzy of Sparks

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“Sardar's characters are well-developed and her prose is dreamlike, at times reading very much like poetry.... {T}his deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn."

- Kirkus Reviews

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Lush and sensual and dangerous, Take What You Can Carry is an eye-opening story that deserves to be told. Gian Sardar's prose is breathtaking; and her book took me on a fascinating journey that I'd never before imagined. A true original.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

With lush, vivid settings, Take What You Can Carry is a story of love and family, and of the heartbreaking power of returning home to the place that knows you best.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Julie Clark,

New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

“Take What You Can Carry is that rare dream of a novel that transports readers to a time and place—late 1970s Kurdistan, Iraq—with the power and immediacy of a lush perfume. Sardar delivers a high-stakes love story between a Kurdish immigrant turned Hollywood actor and a fierce aspiring photojournalist that uncovers the burden and blessing of family, ambition, and privilege during times of political upheaval. A thoroughly modern journey to the recent past, this novel is an aching pleasure, a revelation.”

Yoojin Grace Wuertz,

author of Everything Belongs to Us

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.”

Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“Sardar's characters are well-developed and her prose is dreamlike, at times reading very much like poetry.... {T}his deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn."

- Kirkus Reviews

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Sari Wilson, author of Girl Through Glass

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

Janelle Brown, author of All We Wanted Was Everything

Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

Carla Buckley, author of The Good Goodbye and The Things That Keep Us Here

Advanced Praise for Take What You Can Carry

Timely, romantic, and thrilling from start to finish, Gian Sardar crafts a story with great beauty and heartbreak, reminding us the harder we work to truly know one another, the better we come to understand ourselves. Those of us who love books know this is exactly why we read.

At once heartbreaking and hopeful, this story's magic is in the power its characters have to love - a partner, a family, a homeland, a people - deeply and unconditionally. I was gripped by Gian Sardar's emotional storytelling till the final page.

Lush and sensual and dangerous, Take What You Can Carry is an eye-opening story that deserves to be told. Gian Sardar's prose is breathtaking; and her book took me on a fascinating journey that I'd never before imagined. A true original.

Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar is a beautifully written, absorbing novel that swept me away to 1979 Kurdistan and Los Angeles. Filled with richly drawn characters, it’s by turns a love story and a war story, a coming-of-age and a tragedy, but ultimately a story about hope and the depth of family bonds. Lush, atmospheric, and gorgeous, this is an unforgettable novel.

Jill Santopolo,

New York Times bestselling author of More Than Words

With lush, vivid settings, Take What You Can Carry is a story of love and family, and of the heartbreaking power of returning home to the place that knows you best.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Julie Clark,

New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

Jillian Cantor,

USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

Take What You Can Carry is a poignant tale of love and loss, persecution and betrayal. Gian Sardar vividly portrays the heartbreak of two lovers swept up in a political turmoil that threatens to tear them apart as it rips at the fabric of the Kurdish way of life. It’s both a sweeping love story and an epic adventure that will have you frantically turning pages while brushing away tears

Bianca Marais,

author of Hum If You Don’t Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh

Set forth in vivid, propulsive writing, Take What You Can Carry is a love story that is also a love song to the Kurdish people and an adventure tale that balances the risks of ambition with the costs of responsibility. Blending romance and near history, Gian Sardar has produced a tale filled with indelible images and characters one comes to know as family. A rich and satisfying read

Meg Howrey,

author of The Wanderers

Janelle Brown,

New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things and Watch Me Disappear

Take What You Can Carry is that rare dream of a novel that transports readers to a time and place—late 1970s Kurdistan, Iraq—with the power and immediacy of a lush perfume. Sardar delivers a high-stakes love story between a Kurdish immigrant turned Hollywood actor and a fierce aspiring photojournalist that uncovers the burden and blessing of family, ambition, and privilege during times of political upheaval. A thoroughly modern journey to the recent past, this novel is an aching pleasure, a revelation.

Yoojin Grace Wuertz,

author of Everything Belongs to Us

Take What You Can Carry is a beautifully crafted, heartrending portrait of the disparate worlds of America and Kurdistan in the 1970s woven together with an epic love story that is rich, tragic, compelling, and realized with deep care and insight. Powerful and moving.

Suzanne Redfearn, bestselling author of In an Instant

Take What You Can Carry is a heart-wrenching journey of understanding between two worlds as foreign as they are familiar that will change everything you thought you knew about Iraq.

Kristin Fields, author of A Lily in the Light and A Frenzy of Sparks

Advanced Praise for You Were Here

“Sardar's characters are well-developed and her prose is dreamlike, at times reading very much like poetry.... {T}his deftly executed study of the dark that lies in the human heart is artfully drawn."

- Kirkus Reviews

“[B]eautifully written…this first novel will appeal to readers of Christina Schwarz and Diane Chamberlain."

- Library Journal

“[An] intricately plotted first novel … Sardar keeps the tension high to the very end.”

- Publisher's Weekly

Artfully weaving the past and present together, You Were Here is a stunning tapestry of a novel full of dreams, nightmares, horrific crimes, and long-buried secrets.Sardar shows us the ways in which the past can reach out and take hold of the present; that places and objects hold memories and time is not the linear thing we think it to be.

Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister and The Winter People

What if love is so powerful that it gives us access to mysterious unseen worlds? This question is at the heart of Sardar’s dizzying and seductive debut novel…Modern and timeless, part thrilling detective story, part ghost story, part love story, Sardar’s debut is an evocative literary cocktail. I couldn’t put it down!

Sari Wilson,

author of Girl Through Glass

A beautiful puzzle box of a book — a page-turner that manages to also be strikingly poetic. I was gripped from the very first page, and moved by the time I made it to the last.

Prepare to be dazzled by hauntingly masterful storytelling! Packed with delicious prose and page-turning intrigue, You Were Here is a remarkable and unforgettable debut.

A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary love story, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allen Poe sit up and applaud—Sardar has confidently and seamlessly woven all these genres into a novel that is completely original and relentlessly engaging.  You Were Here is a bravura, genre-busting performance.

Valerie Martin, author of Mary Reilly and Property

A terrific debut that beautifully spins the tale of two love stories coiled together by longing, betrayal, and rage that unravel to a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion. Sardar is a writer to watch.

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UPCOMING EVENTS/NEWS

-TAKE WHAT YOU CAN CARRY -

Sardar's most recent novel is currently set to be released May 1st, 2021

 

CONTACT

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