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Girl pictured was her mother She was wearing a wedding veil and at her side stood a man whom Jasmin had never seen beforeAt first Jasmin's mother Lili refused to speak about the photograph and Jasmin returned to her own home frustrated and confused But a few months later she received from her mother the first of ten cassette tapes that would bring to light the wrenching hidden story of her family's true origins in Iran Lili's marriage at thirteen her troubled history of abuse Exceptionally well written Gives a small glimpse into life in Iran and really most of the Middle East in the 40 s 50 s and 60 s I believe that a careful reading will give Western minds much insight into the culture of that region While life for women is different today the cultural s in place then continue to inform the culture today I have two complaints with this book however One there are no pictures They would have done much to enhance the story Two the ending seemed abrupt Jasmin made no attempt to meet her half sister and there is no mention of any conversa

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And neglect and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life The final tape revealed that Jasmin's sister Sara The Good Daughter was still living in IranIn this sweeping poignant and beautifully written memoir Jasmin weaves the stories of three generations of Iranian women into a uniue tale of one family's struggle for freedom and understanding The result is an enchanting and unforgettable story of secrets betrayal and the unbreakable mother daughter bond I wish I d liked this one It was interesting to learn about the lives of women in Iran over the past 50 years but I didn t love the author s style and ultimately wondered how she could remain so detached from the story herself given that it was her own parents and grandparents she was writing about The story is terribly sad as Darznik recounts her grandmother and mother s lives of poverty abuse oppression vulnerability and sacrifice As an American woman in all of my modern immodest ways I couldn t help but feel both astonished that woman still live this way in o

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We were a world of two my mother and I until I started turning into an American girl That's when she began telling me about The Good Daughter It became a taunt a warning an omenJasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three years old and she grew up knowing very little about her family's history When she was in her early twenties on a day shortly following her father's death Jasmin was helping her mother move; a photograph fell from a stack of old letters The A simple look at the book cover of The Good Daughter reveals that unlike most of the other books in this genre these memories don t belong to the author but to her mother s This distance between the writer and the protagonist adds an element of fiction to the narration which makes the book closer to a fictionalized memoir than a classic memoir which is only about the author s own memories or at least this was my expectationNow that I ve finished the book I should congratulate Jasmin for her lovely way of praising her mother s life Extremely well researche


About the Author: Jasmin Darznik

Jasmin Darznik is the New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD DAUGHTER and SONG OF A CAPTIVE BIRD Her novel THE BOHEMIANS April 2021 imagines the friendship between the photographer Dorothea Lange and her Chinese American assistant in 1920s San Francisco Her books have been published in seventeen countries She received her MFA from Bennington College a JD from the University of Califor



10 thoughts on “The Good Daughter

  1. says:

    Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via the Goodreads First Reads program AwesomeI did not know a lot about the recent history of Iran prior to reading this book aside from having watched the movie Persepolis It was a little hard to wrap my mind around all of the things that happen to the author's mother which se

  2. says:

    A simple look at the book cover of The Good Daughter reveals that unlike most of the other books in this genre these memories don’t

  3. says:

    We were a world of two my mother and I until I started turning into an American girl That's when she began telling me about

  4. says:

    The Good Daughter has everything I love in a book It's an intimate look into another culture a woman's relationship with her mother and her journey towards understanding and truth It's an honest and beautifully told memoir of a modern American woman who is seeking to understand and appreciate her deep deep roots In writing The Good Daughter Jasmin Darznik has succeeded elouently on all accounts This story is so rich and layered it's almos

  5. says:

    Exceptionally well written Gives a small glimpse into life in Iran and really most of the Middle East in the 40's

  6. says:

    The author grew up in California the only daughter of an Irani mother and a German father and as she grew up American rather than Irani her mother would compare her with the Good Daughter back in Iran who was a girl devoted to her mother and who would never dream of dating or wearing short skirts or rebelling against her

  7. says:

    I wish I'd liked this one It was interesting to learn about the lives of women in Iran over the past 50 years but I didn't love the author's style and ultimately wondered how she could remain so detached from the

  8. says:

    If you are not familiar with the recent history of Iran prior to reading this book you may find it a bit difficu

  9. says:

    I was reluctant about this memoir but it grew on me It is about Lili Jasmin’s mother whose early life in Iran she “erased” when she moved to America; oh the shame of having been married before with a baby who she left behind Hard for u

  10. says:

    Beautifully written and reading this back to back with Song of a Captive Bird I can see some of the places where Darznik drew on her mother's own story to flesh out the details and descriptions of Forugh Farrokhzhad's lif

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