Saffron Sky: A Life Between Iran and America

Saffron Sky: A Life Between Iran and America

by Gelareh Asayesh

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"Beguiling. . . . An American manifesto, if ever there was one."

-Wendy Law-Yone, The Washington Post Book World

This lyrical memoir evinces the author's passion for constructing an American life with the spiritual fervor and deeply aesthetic rituals that were part of her childhood in Iran until her family immigrated to North Carolina. Asayesh writes too of her struggle to arrive at an acceptable sexuality in the face of parental panic, and tells of her frustration, during later trips to post-Shah Iran, with "the sisters," the Ayatollah's ubiquitous enforcers of female modesty.

"Asayesh's superb memoir . . . is funny, human, real, and illuminates a dignified, honest, and endearing family."

-James McBride, author of The Color of Water

"This beautifully written narrative provides a rare, humanizing glimpse into the politics, culture, and geography of a place about which most Americans know shamefully little. . . . A wonderful and timely tale."

-Rachel Mattson, Library Journal

"Asayesh reminds us of every adopted person's dream: to reclaim the past and take it into the future. . . . A graceful and moving account of how a temporary visa can become a permanent life."

-Richard Wallace, San Francisco Chronicle

"What makes this work particularly effective is the manner in which Asayesh weaves her keen reporter's eye for objective detail with her almost poetic ability to describe and analyze her own emotional connection to the story."

-Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio: Gelareh Asayesh has worked at The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, and the Baltimore Sun, and has also written for The Washington Post and other national publications. She lives with her family in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807072103
Publisher: Beacon
Publication date: 10/15/1999
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.85(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gelareh Asayesh has worked at The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, and The Baltimore Sun, and she has also written for The Washington Post and other national publications. She lives with her family in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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