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Richard WallaceSaffron Sky, her memoir of her life in both countries, is a graceful and moving account of how a temporary visa can become a permanent life.
— San Francisco Chronicle
This lyrical memoir evinces the author's passion for constructing an American life with the spiritual fervor and deeply aesthetic rituals that were part of her childhood in Iran. Asayesh, who immigrated to North Carolina as a girl, writes too of her struggle to arrive at an acceptable sexuality in the face of parental panic, and tells of her frustration, during later trips to post-Shah Iran, with "the sisters," the Ayatollah's ubiquitous enforcers of female modesty.
Posted May 16, 2000
What I enjoyed most about Saffron Sky was how much I learned from it. Being born an American, and having never traveled off the East Coast, I consider myself somewhat sheltered to the world. This book was very educational. Yet, it wasn't boring, fact after fact reading like a textbook. It was up close and personal. Asayesh allows the reader to travel with here between Iran and America, to experience some of the issues, to feel some of her same emotions - which made it all the more interesting and enjoyable. The book was easy to read, funny at times, a sort of comic relief from some of the more upsetting parts. I feel so very fortunate to have read this book and highly recommend it. I feel a bit more exposed to the world now - thanks to Saffron Sky!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2000
A wonderfully written memoir that beautifully captures the essential dilemma for all immigrants or for those who live apart from people or places they love. The dilemma: How to hold on to what you love when it is so, so far away.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2009
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