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The saffron kitchen
Yasmin Crowther
Adult Fiction CROWTHE

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Maryam is the willful daughter of an Iranian general who backed the Shah of Iran during the (U.S.-backed) 1953 coup that toppled Iran's prime minister, Mossadegh. In the midst of the turmoil, and with the threat of an arranged marriage hanging over her, Maryam is sheltered one night by her father's trusted assistant, Ali, a young man near her age 16 for whom she feels a shy attraction. And though still a virgin the next morning, their feelings for each other are clear. Maryam is sent away by her aloof father ("she is no daughter of mine"), a painful memory that, decades later, shatters her settled marriage to an understanding if pained British husband, and bewilders and angers her own daughter. A 40-year separation from Ali and a tender reunion in a remote village are just a few turns of the intense plot, full of tragic coilings and romantic passion, that make this a wonderfully intricate debut novel. Crowther, daughter of a British father and an Iranian mother, powerfully depicts Maryam's wrenching romantic and nationalistic longings, exploring the potency of heritage and the pain of exile. (Jan. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Daughter of an Iranian general; in love with Ali; sent away and disowned by her father; separated from Ali for 40 years; settled down with her British husband; reunited with Ali.

Age: 16
Assistant to Maryam's father; in love with Maryam; separated from Maryam for 40 years; reunited with Maryam.

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