BookshelfMonstrosity: Iran of the late 20th century was a country of contradictions. Private and public lives, religious and secular lives, and men's and women's lives existed in direct opposition. Read thought-provoking, true-life stories about this in Persepolis and Lipstick Jihad.… (more)
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You ask me about that country, whose details now escape me, I don't remember its geography, nothing of its history. And should I visit in memory, It would be as I would a past lover, After years, for a night, no longer restless with passion, With no fear of regret. I have reached that age when one visits the heart merely as a courtesy. -Faiz Ahmed Faiz
For my parents, and in memory of Kaveh Golestan
I was born in Palo Alto, California, into the lap of an Iranian diaspora community awash in nostalgia and longing for an Iran many thousands of miles away. (Introduction)
It was so cool and quiet up in the toot (mulberry) tree that I never wanted to come down. (Chapter One, The Secret Garden)
Iran had been disfigured, and we carried its scraps in our pockets, and when we assembled, we laid them out, and were home.
An Iranian-American journalist, who grew up as a California girl living in two worlds, returns to Tehran and discovers not only the oppressive and decadent life of her Iranian counterparts who have grown up since the revolution, but the pain of searching for identity between two cultures, and for a homeland that may not exist. The landscape of her Tehran--ski slopes, fashion shows, malls and cafes--is populated by a cast of young people whose exuberance and despair brings the modern reality of Iran to vivid life.… (more)