As the Iran-Iraq War rages outside, four-year-old Parvaneh lives in a boundless world of imagination inside the confines of her home. Her toy dog, Hussein, helps Parvaneh work out life’s confusing questions: Why do mom and dad whisper? Why is Javad, her eight-year-old neighbor, always sad? And should Parvaneh accept the forbidden treats Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein presents through the television? As the war rages and Saddam’s games become ever more daring, however, the line between make believe and reality are dangerously blurred.
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