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Contrasting rural Iranian life and traditions with a London immigrant's affluence, this is an impressive work of love, family and identity.
On an autumn day in London, the dark secrets and troubled past of Maryam Mazar surface violently with tragic consequences for her pregnant daughter, Sara, and her newly orphaned nephew, Saeed. Racked with guilt, Maryam is compelled to leave the safe comfort of her suburban home and mild English husband to return to Mazareh, the remote village on Iran's north-eastern border where her story began. There she must face her past and the memories of a life she was forced to leave behind.
In her quest to piece the family back together, Sara follows her mother to Iran, to discover the roots of her unhappiness and to try to bring her home. Far from the terraced streets of London, among the snow-capped mountains and windswept plains that have haunted her mother's dreams for half a century, Sara finally learns about the terrible price Maryam once had to pay for her freedom, and about the love of the man who still waits for her.
'Time and time again the novel disarms the reader by capturing emotions in a simple yet startlingly perceptive way … marks Yasmin Crowther out as a novelist of exceptional honesty and grace' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'A delicate bittersweet examination of the nature of home and homesickness' DAILY MAIL
'Bittersweet …Crowther’s novel unfolds at a leisurely pace, vividly conjuring physical and emotional landscapes' OBSERVER
Publication date: 03/05/2007
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
|Publication date:||3rd May 2007|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Yasmin Crowther is the daughter of an Iranian mother and a British father. She was brought up in England and educated at Oxford University, and now works for SustainAbility UK.More About Yasmin Crowther