- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Edition edition (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399182314
- ISBN-13: 978-0399182310
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jasmin Darznik was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to America when she was five years old. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her work has been published in thirteen countries and recognized by the Steinbeck Fellows Program, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the William Saroyan International Prize. Her stories and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of literature and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in Northern California with her family.
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Song of a Captive Bird: A Novel
Misogyny and the double standard that oppresses and penalizes women because of their gender is a part of our communal past and present, and it is our responsibility to understand it. Forough Farokhzad was a trailblazing feminist who shocked her patriarchal society into recognizing the power of her humanity. Jasmin Darznik, in her masterful use of fiction to convey a painful reality, has written a book to be read by all. She has created a powerful experience that reminds us how dangerous sexism can be, and inspires us to strive like Farokhzad and Darznik to sing.
East from that time period. Thank you. Sukran
"Jasmine Darznik presents the reader with a fascinating, engrossing and spell-biding novel on Forugh Farrokhzad. the book compels the reader to delve deeper into Forugh's true life story, poetry and ideals. The book was literally a page-turner; after each page I read, I couldn't wait to find out what happened next."