Friday, April 1, 2011

The Good Daughter - Book Review

The Good Daughter

Author:Jasmin Darznik
Publisher: Hachette Book Group

One day when Jasmin Darznik is helping her mother pack up to move, a photograph falls from a stack of old letters. The girl in it is her mother. She is wearing a wedding veil, and at her side stands a man whom Jasmin has never seen before.

At first, Jasmin’s mother, Lili, refuses to share any information. Months later, Jasmin receives the first of ten cassette tapes revealing a wrenching hidden story of her family’s true origins in Iran: her mother’s troubled history of abuse and neglect, and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life. The final tape reveals that her sister, Sara, is still living in Iran.

Darznik skillfully weaves the stories of three generations of Iranian women’s battles with husbands and poverty into a unique tale of one family’s twisted path to freedom.

My Thoughts: Good book. This book has come out in a time we are learning more and more about life in Iran and other countries, especially concerning the lives of women. I can't imagine suddenly learning about my mother having lived in such a life and my not knowing before growing up.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-copy of this book for review as part of the NetGalley Reviewer program.

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