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Maryam decides to go to Iran, to distance herself from these events. What follows, in Crowther's revelatory manner, is a perfect portrayal of a half-life, one lived only on the surface. Maryam comes into her own when she goes back to her village; the sights, sounds, and smells all beckon to her with their sweet familiarity. England falls away, with all its confusing customs and strange language, as does Edward, with his so very different background. Beckoned by her mother, Sara comes to visit and to ferret out the particulars of her mother's past. The question remains: will Maryam return to Edward and England or stay where she is once again at home?
Crowther writes with great insight about attempting to cast off one's past--and the impossibility of doing so. The saffron kitchen of the title is a lovely evocation, both symbolic and actual, of what gets left behind and of one daughter's willingness to occupy both worlds. --Valerie Ryan
At first it's a little confusing due to narration transitions between characters, and flashbacks. Other than that it's great, and I totally recommend it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by shawntay
but i feel i have to speak up about this beautifully written novel. i loved the two varied voices of the iranian mother and english-iranian daughter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Barth
Surprisingly good book! I read this book on a recommendation and it was not my usual style of book, but very enlightening. It was well worth reading.Published 10 months ago by Kitty
Bought a CD to listen to the story during a long trip. The reader's distinctly British dialect was not easy on my North American ears. My sister praised the book she read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Kampa
This is an extremely poignant and beautiful book. It's about culture and culture clash and how it is to be an immigrant and very importantly about the oppression of women. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Inchcape Rock
Reading Saffron Kitchen is kind of like making your way under very warm water. The atmosphere of contemplation, resignation, pride and resolution wrap themselves around you like a... Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by MV
My wife and I are both enjoying The Saffron "Kitchen". It was easy to order, well presented, and so far no after effects other than the satisfaction of knowing we have been well... Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by valleykid
the reason i bought this book was my prof reuest it and she said that this was such a good book she ever read. Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by ZHANGSHENG CHEN
This is a very lovely novel filled with gentle passages of love, disappointment and moving on. It is set in London and in Iran, where a daughter of a general ends up being... Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Busy Mom