The Saffron Kitchen

The Saffron Kitchen

Book - 2006
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A passionate and timely debut about mothers and daughters, roots and exile, from the streets of Iran to the suburbs of London In what is certain to be one of the most talked-about fiction debuts of the year, Yasmin Crowther paints a magnificent portrait of betrayal and retribution set against a backdrop of Iran’s tumultuous history, dramatic landscapes, and cultural beauty. The story begins on a blustery day in London, when Maryam Mazar’s dark secrets and troubled past surface violently with tragic consequences for her pregnant daughter, Sara. Burdened by guilt, Maryam leaves her comfortable English home for the remote village in Iran where she was raised and disowned by her father. When Sara decides to follow her she learns the price that her mother had to pay for her freedom and of the love she left behind.Poetic, haunting, and brilliantly crafted, The Saffron Kitchenis sure to entrance fans of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesakeand Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2006
ISBN: 9780670038114
Characteristics: viii, 257 p


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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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