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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 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 atThe 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 strengthsDarznik 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 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 secretsAfter this brilliant opening scene the next chapters will cover the history of this family throughout several decadesFirst we flashback to the beginning of the 20th century and meet Kobra and Sohrab the author s grandparents Next Lili Jasmin s mother becomes the story s main character she goes through a marriage at 13 a miscarriage childbirth physical abuse and divorce while still being a teenager She also has to give up on her rights as a mother and to leave her daughter Sara to her ex husband Kazem In the later chapters we learn about Lili s trip abroad to study her second marriage to Johann coming back to Iran for a few years before leaving it as the revolution starts leaving Sara behind and finally getting settled in the Bay Area USA From this point on we read the author s own memories from that same period which I found the best written scenes of the book I hope Jasmin would write a follow up to this memoir perhaps a second book about her mother s efforts to find Sara and their reunionOne of the main lessons I learned by reading this story was that no matter how hard the Pahlavis tried to bring about change they were destined to fail The society s deep Islamic roots had made it impossible for their efforts to transform the archaic mind of the average Iranian man Sohrab and Kazem might appear westernized and progressive but their actions show that they re no different from the fanatic Iranian men who look at women as object and would consider the polygamy as his god given rightAs I said I enjoyed most of the opening chapter and the last few chapters told in a close first person written beautifully but I had a few problems while reading the chapters in between My first critic of the book is its editing there are too many anecdotes and unimportant characters which could have been cut off from the final draft I understand that the author is trying to remain truthful to her mother by preserving every little memory from those tapes but in many of these stories not only they do not play an important role in the main narrative but also they are predictable so they left a feeling of d j vu in my mind At some point I wondered whether this feeling had to do with my own familiarity with similar tales as I have also been aware of my own mother and grandmother s struggle to have a voice or maybe I had read them in another Iranian memoir It is true that Lili s dark past is shared by so many and I understand that sometimes the same story should be told and retold but as a simple reader I hoped to be surprised shocked and stabbed as Kafka says while reading this familiar story as if I was reading it for the first timeMy other critic is lack of attitude in Lili s character The story is told in a distant voice without over dramatization which reduces the efficiency of the narration There is a large amount of attention given to describing cultural elements such as food clothes rituals and routines but the same attention has not been given to show Lili s state of mind thoughts or feelings Lili is portrayed as a character that does not react the normal way as we expect as if she has been numbed by the chain of miseries in her life Or as if the average Iranian woman of that period was mostly fatalist who considered these unjust treatments as their destiny Even though I can see that through her actions Lili is struggling to change her life but this obvious lack of emotion was too disturbing I would have loved to know about Lili s deep feelings and pain Sometimes Lili acted almost like a dead fish while being abused and it was hard to understand why As the first chapter and the last ones were enough proof that Jasmin Darznik knows how to depict her characters emotions knows how to grab her reader and how to move them so I could only conclude that she should have made a conscious choice of showing Lili as a numb character This lack of attitude could be part of the author s effort to stay objective regarding the miserable situation of women in Iran but I think that the story could have had a stronger impact on the reader if Lili hadn t hidden her pain This book is an elegant and memorable way that the author has chosen to show her love and devotion to her mother and also for her country of birth It is clear that Jasmin Darznik has conducted an impressive amount of research to create a believable image of Iran during the past century and she is very successful in the depiction of an Iran that many don t know This book I am sure will be a great success especially among the non Iranians as it creates a believable universe and as an Iranian reader I feel this urge to clean up my own acts and to think thoroughly about what I call our nationalistic nostalgia and to distinguish the good from the bad the shameful traditions from the genuine gestures of kindness Even though the Good Daughter was the surname of Sara Lili s abandoned child but I personally think that Jasmin is the real Good daughter

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The Good Daughter

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. If you are not familiar with the recent history of Iran prior to reading this book you may find it a bit difficult to wrap my mind around all of the things that happened to the author s mother This is an easy read in how it was written but it was very difficult to read having grown up how I did in the United States being extremely fortunate to have not had to deal with such things This story is VERY powerful and truly transforms the simplicity of the writing The author s mother Lili lead a fascinating life accomplishing so much when all the odds were stacked against her Her story is truly inspiring However 90% of the book is based on recollections that the author s mother recorded onto cassette tapes and mailed to her Then the last 10% is based on the author s own memories of her childhood and early adult life The real problem with this book comes about towards the end In reading the inside flap you learn that the author who is American has a sister she never knew about living in Iran She only learns of her existance when her mother divulges the history of her first marriage and the child of that marriage Through the entire story you are waiting with baited breath a revelation to occur The story begins in the recent past when the author receives the tapes As she covers the family history beginning with her grandmother until present day you reach the point where she learns she has a sister What does she do The unexpected She does NOT get on a plane to meet her She does NOT she bring her mother to Iran for a family reunion She does NOT bring her newly found sister to the USA for a reunion either Instead she writes an entire book about the whole history because she feels it would be less intrusive WHATShe actually says in her book that going to Ira to meet her newly found half sister or to attempt a reunion between her sister and her mother or to want to try to develop a relationship of any kind between them and her recently discovered nieces and nephews would be only be intruding on the life she had made for herself How is basically writing a TELL ALL book less intrusiveSo frustrating This book which started off really brilliantly left me just shaking my head wondering what on earth the author and the editors were thinking

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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 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

  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 the protagonist adds an element of fiction to the narration which makes the book closer to a fict

  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 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 mot

  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 root

  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 inf

  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 mother’s authority The author grew up and moved to New York; in her middle twenties 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 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 sacri

  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 to wrap my mind around all of the things that happened to the author's mother This is an easy read in how it was writ

  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 H

  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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