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The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    The Good Memoir:

    There is a reason that Jasmin Darznik's first book is being published in more than a dozen countries and translated into half as many languages: the story is exceptionally written. Darznik starts her book with the discovery of a wedding photograph. The photo is of her mother and a man she has never seen. Darznik, living in California, soon discovers that the man in the photo was her mother's first husband, a man she married back in Iran. What's more, Darznik's mother had a child by this man. She learns, in her mid-twenties, that she has a sister.

    Darznik's mother begins to explain everything to Jasmin by recording cassette tapes. These tapes, and years of research and family interviews, became the book in stores today.

    The book focuses on three generations of women in Darznik's family, and her intimate character development lets the reader easily get to know and care for every relative. Her prose is sensuous and reads like poetry, à la Frances Mayes, allowing the reader to travel back to 1950s Iran with Darznik; to almost taste the "khageeneh" that her grandmother labors over; and to feel, quite vividly, the rage of the Iranian men who controlled everything about the women in their lives. The survival of these women, their ability to brook their marginalization in society, makes this book a page-turner. The flawless execution by the story's teller demands the attention the book is bound to get.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Wonderful memoir!

    This is a beautifully written account of womens quest for survival in the face of repression , neglect and abuse. The author tells her mothers story lovingly and tenderly. I highly recommend this book for everyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    I loved this book

    Such a warm, intimate and loving perspective on the lives of women in Iran, their customs, challenges, and deep love of family and country. I found this book very educational and heartfelt. I will forever look upon people from other countries settling into "life in America" with the greatest of compassion and curiosity. Thank you Jasmin, for sharing your story and the story of your courageous, tenacious and beautiful matriarchal lineage. A rare Gem of a book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Wonderful!

    As another reader noted, you'll be swept away to another time and culture. I really enjoyed this book. Well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out !!

    The author really draws you in . It's a page turner . Easy to sympathize with the mother's heart wrenching story . A non-political window on a truly fascinating culture . Strongly recommend !!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 2, 2014

    Excellent

    Excellen insight into culture and relationships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    highly recommended

    I love this book. For someone who grew up in Iran, this is an emotional journey to read The Good Daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    spell-binding

    A page-turner and so stunningly well-written written. I have read many books on Iran and Iranian women, but this is by far the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    A wonderful read

    Be swept away to another time and culture. The descriptions of the landscape,food and clothing are captivating. The determination and strength of the women in this book is remarkable. It has made me curious to read more books by Iranian authors.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Excellent

    I enjoyed this book very much.

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