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The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther - is the Book for November

From: Sheila C
Sent on: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 3:45 AM

The book for November is now on the website.  The Saffron Kitchen is set in London & Iran and written by an Anglo-Iranian. To RSVP click here:

When: Sunday, November 20,[masked]:45 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Description of the book: On an autumn day in London, the dark secrets and troubled past of Maryam Mazar surface violently with tragic consequences for her pregnant daughter, Sara, and her newly orphaned nephew, Saeed. Wracked with guilt, Maryam is compelled to leave the safe comfort of her suburban home and mild English husband to return to Mazareh, the remote village on Iran's north-east border where her story began. There she must face her past and the memories of a life she was forced to leave behind when her father disowned her for a sin she did not commit.

Back in England, Sara takes care of Saeed and her distraught father as she tries to understand what has happened. Together they begin to unearth Maryam's story from memories, photographs and a few lines of poetry. In her quest to piece their life back together, Sara follows her mother to Iran, to discover the roots of her unhappiness and to try to bring her home. Far from the terraced streets of London, among the snow-capped mountains and wind-swept plains that have haunted her mother's dreams for half a century, Sara finally learns the terrible price Maryam once had to pay for her freedom, and of the love she left behind.

Some excerpts from reviews:

'The writing is restrained but powerful' FINANCIAL TIMES

'This debut novel is a delicate, bittersweet examination of the nature of home and homesickness' MAIL ON SUNDAY

'Accomplished...memorable' SUNDAY TIMES

'Lyrical... intelligent and probing, an impressive debut' SCOTSMAN

'Yasmin Crowther writes well about exile and the price of freedom' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'An unusual and satisfying read' GUARDIAN

'exceptional honesty and grace' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH


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