My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl

My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl

by Shabnam Curtis
My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl

My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl

by Shabnam Curtis

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On a cold night in 1978, seven-year-old Shabnam Shahmohammad clung to her mother in a Tehran apartment while the sounds of gunshots rang out in the street: The Iranian Revolution was at hand. She and her family survived that night, but as the Islamic fundamentalists took the power over, she grew up watching her father take his beloved books away to burn, his friends be arrested and disappear, and women like her mother grow ever more marginalized. Confused by her father’s communist ideology, her mother’s conservative religious beliefs, and the regime’s oppressive rules, she developed a deep longing to live a different life.

Finding herself being married at nineteen, she naively dreamed to team up and discover an adventurous life. When she gave birth to a daughter whose future, she realized, mattered more to her than her own, she had to find a way to unlock her little girl’s possibilities. She longed to emigrate, but with Western countries’ embassies mostly absent from Tehran, options for escaping Iran were limited.

My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl is a tale of resilience facing oppression and dictatorship along with fighting with narrow traditional and restrictive cultural rules. This memoir is a journey of self-discovery, mother-daughter relationship obstacles, forbidden love, and the universal desire for freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733598811
Publisher: Shabnam Curtis
Publication date: 03/20/2019
Series: My Persian Paradox
Edition description: 2nd E-Book ed.
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 699,540
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Shabnam Curtis was born and raised in Tehran, experiencing the Iranian Revolution of 1979 firsthand. In 2004 she immigrated to the United States, where she now works as a project analyst by day and a passionate writer all other time. Shabnam teaches memoir writing workshops and is working on her second memoir (sequel). She lives in Virginia, with her husband and two dogs. Her motto is "We all have a story to tell. Share your story, listen to others' stories. Create more EMPATHY & LOVE!"

Table of Contents


Fall of 1978 - 1984

1985 – 1989

1989 - 1990

1991 - 1993


1995 - 1997

1997 – 2000

2000 – 2003

2003 – 2004


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