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In her bestselling memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi opened her world to us, offering a vibrant portrait of women s lives in Iran. In this stunning new book, Nafisi returns to Iran and her childhood to deliver an exquisite and moving portrait of a family s life, a life lived in thrall to Nafisi s powerful mother. She describes the mesmerizing fictions she created about herself, her past, and her family. Part detective story and part portrait of an exceptional marriage and mother-daughter struggle, it is also a deeply personal reflection on women s choices, and on how Azar Nafisi found inspiration for a different kind of life in the stories of women in The Persian Book of Kings. Writing of the women who came to her mother s coffee salons, Nafisi explores the perverse effects of society s restrictions, in things everyone knew but were silent about. In this wonderful book, a gifted storyteller once again uses her own life to transform the way we see the world, and remin
Azar Nafisi is a visiting professor and the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic and has appeared on countless radio and television programmes. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two children.