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Abuse 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 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 us westerners to credit but real to her community As Lili ages she makes tapes about her early life for Lili to listen to and the book is the result The style of writing was OK but rather pedestrian I knew something about the Reza Pahlavi era in Iran but not about life in the home and the streets so I definitely learned something But this woman s life seemed not ho hum but probably not so very different from other Iranian women who moved to America as 20 somethings

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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 The Good Kindle 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. 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 seem so medieval these were recent events relatively speaking The author s mother is the same age as my mother Who had a very different lifeThe writing is a little simplistic it s an easy read in that sense But the story is very powerful and carries the writing The author s mother Lili had a fascinating life she accomplished so much with the odds stacked against her child bride continued her education in spite of family social pressure to stop divorced moved to another country without knowing the language got a medical degree remarried practiced as an OB neonatologist opened a clinic for poor women supported her extended family moved to yet another country owned her own small business etc Very inspiring stuff HOWEVERI was buzzing along reading this with a 4 star review in mind okay writing great story Not the best book I ve read this year but nothing really wrong with it either And then I got to the end The first 90% of the book takes place based on recollections that the author s mother recorded onto cassette tapes and mailed to her We conjecture it is not specified whether or not the author conducted interviews with other family members or acuaintances The last 10% or so is based on the author s own recollections of her childhood and her young adult life The big hook for this story which is given away in the title and the inside flap is that the American author has a sister living in Iran that she never knew about until her mother divulged her first marriage child late in life Through the whole book the reader is waiting for this revelation to occur in real time the story starts out in the recent past with the author receiving the tapes and then covers the family history from the author s grandmother until present day When we reach the point at which the author now knows she has a sister what does she do Does she get on a plane and meet her sister in person along with the nieces nephews she now knows about Does she bring her mother to Iran with her for a family reunion Does she have her sister come to the USA to meet her Is the author so fascinated by her mother s story that she now needs to go to Iran and see for herself the places and people that were revealed to her in the cassette tapes NOThe author never met her sister in person because traveling to Iran to do so would only be intruding on the life she had made for herself IT WAS LESS INTRUSIVE TO WRITE AN ENTIRE BOOK ABOUT THIS INSTEAD Alright putting that aside what does the author s mother think of the book that her daughter is writing She kept her secret so well hidden for so many years what are her thoughts about her daughter publishing this memoir and revealing all this to the world Does she agree with this or disagree were the cassette tapes meant to be private What happens after the author finishes listening to the tapes Do mother daughter become closer as a result Clearly the author now has a deeper understanding of her mother and her life how does this change their relationship What is her mother s life like now We will never know because the author NEVER TALKS TO HER MOTHER ABOUT IT Or at least not that she reveals in this memoirI wish this author s editor at Hatchette had read a draft of this and said Great story Here are some plane tickets to Iran go meet your sister and make this book several chapters longer And talk to your mom If you decide not to do these things you have to give a valid reason why other than I DIDN T FEEL LIKE ITAnd that s why this only has 3 stars from me

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Letters The 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. 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 conversations Jasmin and her mother Lili had following the receipt of the tapes This is Lili s story but yet it s also Jasmin s and Sarah s Yet we have no idea how Jasmin reacted to her mothers early life We have no idea what their convesations were Even if it wasn t positive it would have been nice to have seen the mother daughter connection at the end


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 auth

  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 belong to the author but to her mother’s This distance between the writer and

  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 The Good Daughter It became a taunt a warning an omenJasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three

  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 roo

  5. says:

    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 tod

  6. says:

    The author grew up in Californi

  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 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

  8. says:

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

  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 us westerners to credit but real to her community As Lili ages she makes tapes abo

  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 life

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