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As the proprietor of a quiet rug store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Cyrus Irani has disengaged himself from graduate studies, sex, and his religion. But when his rent is tripled, he uses the advice of family and friends which takes him everywhere from a Zorastrian fire temple to a sex club.

The Rug Merchant 1988, Penguin Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780140096767

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The Rug Merchant 1987, Viking Books

ISBN-13: 9780670814343