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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sad 85%
emotional 78%
reflective 57%
tense 50%
challenging 42%
dark 42%
informative 35%
hopeful 28%
adventurous 14%
inspiring 7%
mysterious 7%


slow 50%
medium 50%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 63% | Character: 18% | Plot: 18%

Strong character development?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 9%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 27%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 58% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 16%

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