Good Daughter: My Mother's Hidden Life

Good Daughter: My Mother's Hidden Life

by Jasmin Darznik
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ISBN-13: 9780099525486
Publisher: Windmill
Publication date: 03/28/2012

About the Author

Born in Tehran to an Iranian mother and European father, Jasmin Darznik has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. She received her doctorate in English from Princeton University and is a professor at Washington and Lee University.

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The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Michael_McGuire More than 1 year ago
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.
elaine davis More than 1 year ago
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.
Shema More than 1 year ago
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.
lioness2001 More than 1 year ago
As another reader noted, you'll be swept away to another time and culture. I really enjoyed this book. Well written.
clark98 More than 1 year ago
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 !!
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Excellen insight into culture and relationships.
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I love this book. For someone who grew up in Iran, this is an emotional journey to read The Good Daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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AlleyR More than 1 year ago
This book was well written. Moved at a fast pace. I loved it!!!
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