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The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life Kindle Edition
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While I really enjoyed Darznik's rich details about life in Iran throughout the 20th century, this is really a story about women-- in turbulent, dangerous times, in impossible situations, caught between traditions and modern expectations. It is also the complex and intimate story of an extended family and the relationships that stretch and strain between them over several decades.
I cannot recommend this book enough!
When Jasmin questions her mother about the photo and the circumstances surrounding it, her mother responds by announcing that it has nothing to do with her, leaving her to wonder who the man is and why she has never heard of him or this previous marriage before.
Eventually Lili breaks her silence and begins sending cassette tapes from her home in California to Jasmin on the East Coast. As she listens to each of the 10 tapes recorded by her mother over a period of time, Jasmin hears the story of her mother's life in Iran and comes to know her mother in a new and deeper way. Events from the past that made no sense are suddenly much clearer now.
Lili's story could belong to any woman raised in Iran during the same time period. An abusive husband, a family life that's too close for comfort and an environment where women have little or no say about their future is a world that Jasmin has no memory of. Although she was born in Iran, her family fled the Islamic Revolution and moved to America in the late '70s when she was only five years old, and she grew up in a different world from that of her parents. What Jasmin doesn't realize is that she is not her mother's first, or only, child. Jasmin has an older sister, Sara, the daughter of the man in the photo, who she has never met and who still lives in Iran.Read more ›
Now that I've finished the book, I should congratulate Jasmin Darznik for her lovely way of praising her mother's life. Extremely well-researched and written in an impeccable prose, this book shows Jasmin's extra attention to details and descriptions, which in each scene it gives readers clear images of what they are looking at.
The Good Daughter is a fun and fast read about the Iranian women's misery during most part of the 20th century. Did you notice something paradoxical in the preceding sentence? If you did, then you have got the core of my critic of the book. But before talking about its problems, let's first take a look at its strengths.
Darznik's starts her narrative in a spectacular way; shortly after her father's passing, Jasmin, who is in her twenties, discovers an old picture of her mother as a young bride, but the groom sitting next to her mother is a total stranger. This is the main incident which set the story in motion and drives the author to find out more about her mother's past. In spite of her mother's initial refusal, Jasmin receives a first series of tapes in which her mother has revealed her secrets.
After this brilliant opening scene, the next chapters will cover the history of this family throughout several decades.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm in enthralled with this story... I love the fact that instead of the same ole same ole story of the daughter it's told about the mother and her struggles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A beautiful story of an Iranian mother's life as told by the daughter.Published 4 months ago by L. Clark
This was a great book. I couldn't put it down. I loved being transported back into The gilded age of Persia.Published 5 months ago by Jacqueline
From the moment I started reading this book, I was "sucked-in" to a story and world i have never imagined or understood. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bonnie
"The Good Daughter" is one of my favorites. I read this seeking a better understanding of a country and culture about which I knew very little. This is very well written.Published 19 months ago by SARAH H.
A beautiful story - well-organized, wonderful details of a time in Iran that can no longer be seen, but only described. Ms. Read morePublished 22 months ago by E. Tait
3&1/2 stars. I did like the book, but it left me feeling that a lot was embellished and not a true memoir. An interesting read.Published 23 months ago by tr
This story gave me such insight in the lives of these women. It was difficult to put it down! What a truly inspiring tale.Published on June 23, 2014 by Mary L. Messler