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The saffron kitchen
Yasmin Crowther
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Summary: A passionate and timely debut about mothers and daughters, roots and exile, from the streets of Iran to the suburbs of London In what is certain to be one of the most talked-about fiction debuts of the year, Yasmin Crowther paints a magnificent portrait of betrayal and retribution set against a backdrop of Iran’s tumultuous history, dramatic landscapes, and cultural beauty. The story begins on a blustery day in London, when Maryam Mazar’s dark secrets and troubled past surface violently with tragic consequences for her pregnant daughter, Sara. Burdened by guilt, Maryam leaves her comfortable English home for the remote village in Iran where she was raised and disowned by her father. When Sara decides to follow her she learns the price that her mother had to pay for her freedom and of the love she left behind.Poetic, haunting, and brilliantly crafted, The Saffron Kitchenis sure to entrance fans of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesakeand Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club.

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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.

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

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