The Saffron Kitchen

The Saffron Kitchen

Book - 2007
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Maryam Mazar's hidden past once again resurfaces, threatening both her life and the life of her daughter, Sara, and her newly orphaned nephew Saeed, forcing Maryam to return to her native village in Iran to put things right once and for all.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007
ISBN: 9780143112747
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: x, 257 p. ; 20 cm


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May 27, 2016

7 out of 10

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Growing up in contemporary London, Sara struggles to understand her Iranian mother, Maryam. When tragedy strikes, Maryam realizes that only by learning more about her mother will she be able to live her own life fully. This is an impressive debut novel from Crowther who has an Iranian mother and is married to an English man. It presents a tale of mothers and daughters, exile and homecoming, long-concealed secrets, and a window into the fascinating world of Iranian life.

Mar 30, 2012

Nostalgia, regret, forgiveness, revelations, understanding, love, all these themes in a very readable book. The story of a daughter and her Iranian mother is told through both voices and is a poignant picture of two cultures and the difficulty in merging them. Each is foreign to the other and yet the central themes bridge the two very well. This is not an in depth story but still creates an atmosphere that pulls you in.


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