Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar

Take What You Can Carry

Gian Sardar

fiction historical literary emotional reflective medium-paced

336 pages


An aspiring photographer follows her dreams and faces her fears in a poignant novel about finding beauty, promise, and love amid the chaos of war-torn Kurdistan.It's 1979. Olivia Murray, a secretary at a Los Angeles newspaper, is determined to bec...
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summary of 11 ratings (see reviews)


emotional 75%
sad 75%
challenging 50%
tense 50%
dark 37%
reflective 37%
hopeful 25%
informative 12%


slow 62%
medium 37%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 33% | Plot: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 60% | Yes: 40%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | No: 16%

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