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    Very Poignant Story

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. This debut novel is the story of Forugh Farrokhzhad, an Iranian woman who used her voice as a poet to take flight. The basis for the novel is Forugh’s own poetry, letters, films and interviews and is written in first person. In the 1950’s, strict Iranian culture did not look kindly upon independent women, and Forugh was a born a rebel. At 15, she is forced to marry, and as much as she thought that she was marrying the man of her dreams, it did not turn out well. Not being content being a wife and mother, she concentrates on her poetry, which is eventually published in a magazine. The resulting scandal means the end of her marriage, she loses custody of her son and finds herself in an asylum. I think I’ll stop there, as I wouldn’t want to spoil the story. The book does a good job of imparting culture and history. The writing is clear and concise, with Forugh’s poetry throughout. This is a very poignant tale of a strong woman who yearns for freedom, individuality, independence and love--things we take for granted but are so absent in a closed society. I would suggest not looking any further into Forugh’s life and letting the story unfold. Quote from book: Do you know what I want of life? That I can be with you, you, all of you, and if life repeated a thousand times, still you, you, and again, you.

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