Gives a small glimpse into life in Iran and really most of the Middle East in the 40's, 50's and 60's. I have two complaints with this book however. Instead the fierce, strong woman who dominated her childhood, Darznik's mother was pictured as a vulnerable child bride. You have to believe you have something worth saying and that nobody else can quite say it as well as you can. And she held fast and in some ways faster to her Iranian ways here in America.
Jasmin made no attempt to meet her half-sister and there is no mention of any conversations Jasmin and her mother, Lili, had following the receipt of the tapes. My parents ran a motel right off the highway. Forced into marriage at age thirteen to a sadistic man, she was beaten, kicked, and bitten into submission. This could have been written by a complete stranger in the exact same manner as it was written by the main character's own daughter. Her books have been published or are forthcoming in sixteen countries. When she was in her early twenties, on a day shortly following her father's death, Jasmin was helping her mother move; a photograph fell from a stack of old letters.
I couldn't help but root for Lili. Song of a Captive Bird is an unsparing account of the necessity and consequences of speaking out. It was impossible for him to take the time to study again, so my parents bought this motel. She was just 13 and really had no one to speak to. What follows is the story of how that photo came to This story begines with the passing of Jasmin's father. Having grown up in Iran and being familiar with Persian customs and traditions, I found this book difficult to read only for the reason that I felt too much of the pain and sadness of the characters, and they were close to home.
In elegant, intimate prose, Darznik portrays pre-Revolutionary Iran and a woman who transcended the prejudices of her time. They would have done much to enhance the story. The result is an enchanting and unforgettable story of secrets, betrayal, and the unbreakable mother-daughter bond. Hard for us westerners to credit but real to her community. Jasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three years old, and she grew up knowing very little about her family's history.
Jasmin's mother, Lili, has an incredible story to tell, but only reveals it on cassette tape after Jasmin has left their home in the Bay Area for New York and the life of a writer. She'd once been this stranger's bride. I loved learning more about Iran including some of the history and traditions of the Islamic protagonists. The story of Lili unfolds when she sets out on a journey to explain their roots to Jasmin. Because my mother and I worked closely in writing this book, there were few surprises when it came out.
Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Through the whole book, the reader is waiting for this revelation to occur in real-time - the story starts out in the recent past, with the author receiving the tapes, and then covers the family history from the author's grandmother until present day. Darznik's prose is beautiful, I loved her descriptions of Iran especially the traditions and foods! Kobra, too, had a difficult marriage to Darznik's grandfather Sohrab, who had also been known to hit his wife and, much to her distress, took a blue-eyed mistress for many years. The photograph had a long white crease through it, was tattered at the edges, and its discovery began the unravelling of a hidden story that would change Darznik's life and her relationship with Lili. The Good Daughter has everything I love in a book. At first, Jasmin's mother, Lili, refused to speak about the photograph, and Jasmin returned to her own home frustrated and confused.
Eventually, she moved to Germany, trained as a midwife and acquired a European husband. But a few months later, she received from her mother the first of ten cassette tapes that would bring to light the wrenching hidden story of her family's true origins in Iran: Lili's marriage at thirteen, her troubled history of abuse and neglect, and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life. This distance between the writer and the protagonist adds an element of fiction to the narration, which makes the book closer to a fictionalized memoir than a classic memoir which is only about the author's own memories, or at least this was my expectation. Clearly, the author now has a deeper understanding of her mother and her life, how does this change their relationship? In some ways she's an abstraction to me. The author is a very articulate writer whose skill drew me into her grandmother's then mother's world without getting hung up on the injustices which there are many. Two, the ending seemed abrupt. It's a relationship I can only really imagine beginning by going back to Iran.
An important book, full of unforgettable peop Thought-provoking, engrossing, and beautifully written Sundeen brings his subject to life with fantastic details and great storytelling. Yet Lili idolised Sohrab and, despite suffering at her own husband's hands, almost blamed Kobra for her own predicament. She helps her husband kick start his business, and also helps her mother Kobra set up a salon. She studied midwifery and it was in Germany that she met my father. I love to go on long walks in Marin County.