Foreigner by Nahid Rachlin – book cover, description, publication history. Rachlin, the author of five previous works of fiction, including the much acclaimed Foreigner, begins her story at the age of nine, when she was taken away from. —Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review “Nahid Rachlin has an intimate insider’s Bruce Allen, Chicago Tribune “Foreigner gently raises new as well as .

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I always helped her set up a Christmas tree which we observed as well as Norooz, the main Iranian holiday. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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This was my first look into N. Aug 20, Ivan rated it liked it. Yet, I am okay with where it ended.

It’s a short book and the story tends to pull the reader along so as to make it a quick read. Do you think girls your age in America have all the luxury you have?

The Islamic regime prides itself in racjlin pushed the country back for centuries and to the dawn of Islam, but when I read about the end of the previous deposed Shah’s regime, I msut congratulate Nahid for her honest account of a regime that always claimed to have taken Iran up to the same level as the civilized countries Paperbackpages.

It was filled with photographs of rugs– paisleys, rectangles, medallions, palmettos, birds, and flowers.

But her portrait of the artist in an Islamic country on the verge of dramatic change is filled with light. It nahie my period, I knew.

In the process she questions her marriage to an American and her work, and struggles with the dilemma of not being able to get an exit visa to return to the US without written permission from her husband. When husband Tony turns up, alarmed at the delay of her return, Feri confronts the upside-downness of her real feelings: In “Persian Girls, Rachlin chronicles her choices and those made by hahid sisters, her mother and her aunts, throwing the door to her family’s home wide open.


Very quick read but unsatisfying to this reader. Naipul said of this book that it’s brilliant because it’s not overtly political–politics are not even mentioned–and that Rachlin’s understated prose provides the more powerful political statement.

Mohtaram, my birth mother.

You have a lovely home, parents who love each other and you, a wonderful brother, what else do you want? A haunting and moving story. Why can’t I at least be like the other American girls here? But her portrait of the artist in an Islamic country on the nahix of dramatic change is filled with light. There was no way to fight if he wanted me back. The commonalities of life, wherever it’s lived, shine through in these tales of family friendship, love, and war Crowd of Sorrows, novella review: It was a crisp, cool autumn day.

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In addition to Golpar, who did the cooking and cleaning, Ali, the gardener, regularly attended to the courtyard. But this is almost beside the point.

Zora imagines play dates and companionship, a place for the family of two to find their footing as the divorce is finalized.

I was so sorry when the book ended, because I wanted to know more about the adventures of the courageous and vulnerable Feri! The central character is a professional lady who moves from Iran to the United States and then returns home for a visit. This is a well written novel that challenges Western perceptions about Iranian culture and the traditional society it spawned. She looked so different from Maryam who wore no make-up and let her naturally wavy hair grow long.

So she tracks her mother down and goes to visit.

Foreigner by Nahid Rachlin

She already knew a lot about Iranian rugs and could identify what city each one came from. Maybe you CAN go home again? There were a few moments in the story where the author almost too casually mentions events that are jarring and require more explanation for example, the reason for the awkward relationship between Feri and her brother or the moments of distance between Tony and her. Open Preview See a Problem? Many girls my age at school already had it and complained to each other, in whispers, about cramps.


Even if I went to the university, I would still have to marry when the “right” man came along and then everyone would expect me to devote myself to domesticity. The emotional appeal and the lyrical language bring readers into a world where the author reveals her fondest memories and deepest pains.

Feb 15, Ashley rated it it was amazing. Baba couldn’t leave the refinery hospital, so he stayed on in Iran with Jahan, who was taken care of by a nursemaid, under his supervision. Feri has returned to Iran to visit her family. Men and women were forbidden to each other and yet romantic songs were always blaring out of radios.

Trying to balance the pull of two cultures and unresolved family issues aside, as a reader I generally have some expectation of plot resolution when I read a book. What was wrong with me?

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However, this did not detract from the book at all, rather it gives the novel a quicker pace well suited to the main character’s search and the theme of discovery that is central to the story. I have read [this book] four times by now, and each time I have discovered new layers in it. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Rachlin writes sensitively, if in one octave, about Feri’s dilemma and identity crisis.


Please try again later. Daughters should marry as soon as a suitable man came foreignr. The author recalls an idyllic early childhood, growing up with a widowed, childless aunt who considered herself Nahid’s real mother.