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And neglect and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life The final tape revealed that Jasmin's sister Sara The Good Daughter was still living in IranIn this sweeping poignant and beautifully written memoir Jasmin weaves the stories of three generations of Iranian women into a uniue tale of one family's struggle for freedom and understanding The result is an enchanting and unforgettable story of secrets betrayal and the unbreakable mother daughter bond I wish I d liked this one It was interesting to learn about the lives of women in Iran over the past 50 years but I didn t love the author s style and ultimately wondered how she could remain so detached from the story herself given that it was her own parents and grandparents she was writing about The story is terribly sad as Darznik recounts her grandmother and mother s lives of poverty abuse oppression vulnerability and sacrifice As an American woman in all of my modern immodest ways I couldn t help but feel both astonished that woman still live this way in other parts of the world completely dependent on men who treat them like servants prostitutes or just plain dirt but also grateful that my own culture has moved past such beliefs and practices in comparisonAs a biography it would have been much engaging to have input from Darznik and could not understand how she related this entire gut wrenching story without including some serious reflection on her national and familial roots Is she just too young Shallow I don t understand This could have been written by a complete stranger in the exact same manner as it was written by the main character s own daughter I left it being so dissatisfied with the author s lack of heart faith loyalty and revelation

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Girl pictured was her mother She was wearing a wedding veil and at her side stood a man whom Jasmin had never seen beforeAt first Jasmin's mother Lili refused to speak about the photograph and Jasmin returned to her own home frustrated and confused But a few months later she received from her mother the first of ten cassette tapes that would bring to light the wrenching hidden story of her family's true origins in Iran Lili's marriage at thirteen her troubled history of abuse Exceptionally well written Gives a small glimpse into life in Iran and really most of the Middle East in the 40 s 50 s and 60 s I believe that a careful reading will give Western minds much insight into the culture of that region While life for women is different today the cultural s in place then continue to inform the culture today I have two complaints with this book however One there are no pictures They would have done much to enhance the story Two the ending seemed abrupt Jasmin made no attempt to meet her half sister and there is no mention of any conversations Jasmin and her mother Lili had following the receipt of the tapes This is Lili s story but yet it s also Jasmin s and Sarah s Yet we have no idea how Jasmin reacted to her mothers early life We have no idea what their convesations were Even if it wasn t positive it would have been nice to have seen the mother daughter connection at the end

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We were a world of two my mother and I until I started turning into an American girl That's when she began telling me about The Good Daughter It became a taunt a warning an omenJasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three years old and she grew up knowing very little about her family's history When she was in her early twenties on a day shortly following her father's death Jasmin was helping her mother move; a photograph fell from a stack of old letters The We were a world of two my mother and I until I started turning into an American girl That s when she began telling me about The Good Daughter It became a taunt a warning an omenJasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three years old and she grew up knowing very little about her family s history When she was in her early twenties on a day shortly following her father s death Jasmin was helping her mother move a photograph fell from a stack of old letters The girl pictured was her mother She was wearing a wedding veil and at her side stood a man whom Jasmin had never seen beforeAt first Jasmin s mother Lili refused to speak about the photograph and Jasmin returned to her own home frustrated and confused But a few months later she received from her mother the first of ten cassette tapes that would bring to light the wrenching hidden story of her family s true origins in Iran Lili s marriage at thirteen her troubled history of abuse and neglect and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life The final tape revealed that Jasmin s sister Sara The Good Daughter was still living in IranIn this sweeping poignant and beautifully written memoir Jasmin weaves the stories of three generations of Iranian women into a uniue tale of one family s struggle for freedom and understanding The result is an enchanting and unforgettable story of secrets betrayal and the unbreakable mother daughter bondMy Take The trouble with memoirs is the author often forgets the audience and pontificates on the unimportant details like how sad an event felt or a disappointment with a person etc The author is a very articulate writer whose skill drew me into her grandmother s then mother s world without getting hung up on the injustices which there are many She does include detail that can be skipped like foods served at gatherings and such yet even these descriptions added to the experience What I found most compelling about this book besides the objective way the author paints the pictures of her family is that it covers many decades and generations Not only does this give a clear picture of the personalities but provides a political and historical framework For instance the author s grandmother was the 9th child in her family and had different expectations than the other children Her mother was born shortly after Iran and Great Britain were in a conflict The Shah was put into power at that time The Revolution occurred in 1979 when the author was only 3 years old and immigrated to the United States with her parents When watching the news at that time the text at the bottom of the screen would read DAY 89 or whatever day it was in the hostage crisis I remember the text and the tensionIn particular I enjoyed the strength of the women portrayed in this book From a society where they had no power they did the best they could given their circumstances The patriarchal society was not kind to women or girls They suffered horrible injustices On the other hand when The Shah was in power there were societal changes that empowered women The reader enjoys the transformation of the author s mother Lilli and of her grandmother Her mother married at 13 pregnant shortly thereafter suffered as no child or person should have to endure 12 years later she stormed back into town as an educated beautiful confident woman engaged to a European A few years later found her in California enduring discrimination yet possessing determination regardless of her weariness Even as she gave up her veils she was still an Iranian woman Even though this is Jasmin s story she adopts the idea that her story is the culmination of the women before her She understands that when her mother talks about The Good Daughter she really is talking about the daughter she left in Iran The one who has a completely different story


10 thoughts on “The Good Daughter

  1. says:

    Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via the Goodreads First Reads program AwesomeI did not know a lot about the recent history of Iran prior to reading this book aside from having watched the movie Persepolis It

  2. says:

    A simple look at the book cover of The Good Daughter reveals that unlike most of the other books in this genre these memories don’t belong to the author but to her mother’s This distance between the writer and the protagonist adds an element of fiction to the narration which makes the book closer to a ficti

  3. says:

    We were a world of two my mother and I until I started turning into an American girl That's when she began tell

  4. says:

    The Good Daughter has everything I love in a book It's an intimate look into another culture a woman's relationship with her mother and her journey towards understanding and truth It's an honest and beautifully told memoir of a modern American woman who is seeking to understand and appreciate her deep deep roots In writing The Good Daughter Jasmin Darznik has succeeded elouently on all accounts This story is so rich and layered

  5. says:

    Exceptionally well written Gives a small glimpse into life in Iran and really most of the Middle East in the 40's 50's and 60's I believe that a careful reading will give Western minds much insight into the cultu

  6. says:

    The author grew up in California the only daughter of an Irani mother and a German father and as she grew up American rather than Irani her mother would compare her with the Good Daughter back in Iran who was a girl devoted to her mother and who would never dream of dating or wearing short skirts or rebelling against her mother’s authority The author grew up and moved to New York; in her middle twenties her

  7. says:

    I wish I'd liked this one It was interesting to learn about the lives of women in Iran over the past 50 years but I didn't love the author's style and ultimately wondered how she could remain so detached from the story herself given that it w

  8. says:

    If you are not familiar with the recent history of Iran prior to reading this book you may find it a bit difficult to wrap my mind around all of the things that happened to the author's mother This is an easy read in how it was written but it was very difficult to read having grown up how I did in the United States being extremely fortunate

  9. says:

    I was reluctant about this memoir but it grew on me It is about Lili Jasmin’s mother whose early life in Iran she “erased” when she moved to America; oh the shame of having been married before with a baby who she left behind H

  10. says:

    Beautifully written and reading this back to back with Song of a Captive Bird I can see some of the places where Darznik drew on her mother's ow

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