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New Meetup: Pageturners: A Miami Book Club for Women January Meetup

From: Tamara
Sent on: Friday, December 25, 2009 12:50 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Pageturners: A Miami Book Club for Women!

What: Pageturners: A Miami Book Club for Women January Meetup

When: January 20,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $5.00 per year

358 San Lorenzo Ave Village of Merrick Park
Miami, FL 33146

The January book-of-the-month is The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther.

The Saffron Kitchen
by Yasmin Crowther

List Price: $14.00
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin

Starred Review. Crowther's debut novel paints a vivid double portrait of a spirited mother-daughter pair, first- and second-generation immigrants to England from Iran whose relationship grows turbulent when shadows from the mother's past begin to overwhelm her. This beautifully produced reading starts with the bright voice of Ariana Fraval as Sara, the daughter, but it is soon overtaken by the darker, melodically accented tones of Mehr Mansuri as Maryam, Sara's mother. Maryam returns to the tiny village where she grew up to come to terms with her past, especially with the ghost of her father and with her first love, Ali, who has been waiting for her return. As Maryam journeys through Iran and back into her memories, and then induces Sara to come too, Mansuri's voice takes on myriad emotional shades, from wonder and delight to sharp regret and painful uncertainty. Intervals of Persian-inflected music helps set an exotic yet contemplative mood. Fraval and Mansuri's authentic pronunciation of the occasional foreign words allows listeners to be swept up by Crowther's lovely, haunting story even more easily than when reading it for themselves.
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