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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
I enjoyed the development of her vivid characters and her love of language.
The story is a beautiful reminder that East and West, while different culturally, are both peopled by real human beings, with similar hopes and fears.
I have to say that although the writing was solid, the story just didn't grab me, and I wasn't totally sympathetic to the characters' actions.
hard to follow all the strange names and cities. I finished the book only because I will discuss it at book club.Published 15 days ago by Sondra Kalish
This book is about real life-- no simple choices. We are all a product of our upbringing, and to really understand someone, you must understand their past. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Coloma girl
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 9 months 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 13 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 19 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 on February 10, 2013 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 on November 22, 2012 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