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Bone Worship: A Novel
     

Bone Worship: A Novel

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by Elizabeth Eslami
 

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A rich and soul-searching novel about an Iranian-American girl whose enigmatic father has decided to arrange her marriage.

Jasmine Fahroodhi has always been fascinated by her enigmatic Iranian father. With his strange habits and shrouded past, she can't fathom how he ended up marrying her prim American mother.

But lately love in general feels just as

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A rich and soul-searching novel about an Iranian-American girl whose enigmatic father has decided to arrange her marriage.

Jasmine Fahroodhi has always been fascinated by her enigmatic Iranian father. With his strange habits and shrouded past, she can't fathom how he ended up marrying her prim American mother.

But lately love in general feels just as incomprehensible. After a disastrous romance sends her into a tailspin, causing her to fail out of college just shy of graduation, a conflicted Jasmine returns home without any idea where her life is headed.

Her father has at least one idea—he has big plans for a hastegar, an arranged marriage. Confused, furious, but intrigued, Jasmine searches for her match, meeting suitor after suitor with increasingly disastrous (and humorous) results. As she begins to open herself up to the mysteries of familial and romantic love, Jasmine discovers the truth about her father, and an even more evasive figure—herself—in this highly original and striking debut novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781681770086
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Publication date:
07/30/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
662 KB

Meet the Author

Iranian-American author Elizabeth Eslami was born in South Carolina in 1978.  She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. She has published numerous short stories. Bone Worship is her first novel. She lives in Eugene, OR.

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Bone Worship 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I like most about this book is the twist on the classic theme of cultural and generational conflict. Stories of children torn between two cultures are (for me) always intrinsically captivating, but this book poses the question somewhat differently. Jasmine, the daughter of an Iranian immigrant and his American wife, sees little reason to commit to school or life in general when her parents have resolved to chart her life for her. But just as she begins to wonder why her father has kept his heritage secret from her, it is forced decisively upon her -- in the form of a traditional Iranian arranged marriage. So how can the child of an immigrant come to know and understand an alien heritage, if she simultaneously rejects its presence in her own life? Jasmine is not torn between cultures; she is torn between attitudes, between attraction and repulsion, acquiescence and defiance. Eslami's prose ranges skillfully from lyrical to explosive, from chiseled to tender. Clever plotting also makes the book so satisying: several surprises emerge as the novel tracks Jasmine's development, not the least of which is her ultimate resolution of her father's get-married-or-else ultimatum. The protagonist Jasmine is wry and sharp, and winningly misanthropic, like a bi-racial Juno but with profounder things on her mind. I think that her pleading, almost desperate drive to connect with a father she barely knows, actually resonates just as loudly as the more tangible issues of cultural conflict that provide the framework for their confrontation. Five stars, and I can't wait to read more by this exciting young writer.
Heather Juel More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful book, very well written a thought out. THIS IS A MUST READ!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eslami is a beautiful and captivating writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago