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The Girl from the Garden This is a first novel for writer Parnaz Foroutan and she knocks it out of the park A Jewish Iranian family s tragic history is told through the ancient eyes of Mahboubeh, the sole surviving daughter, who now lives in California This is not a happy story but one that is fraught with such sadness, tragedy and loneliness that it leaves you aching at the end The saving grace is the beautifully detailed writing Parzaz paints a picture so clearly that you can almost smell and hear the goings on in This is a first novel for writer Parnaz Foroutan and she knocks it out of the park A Jewish Iranian family s tragic history is told through the ancient eyes of Mahboubeh, the sole surviving daughter, who now lives in California This is not a happy story but one that is fraught with such sadness, tragedy and loneliness that it leaves you aching at the end The saving grace is the beautifully detailed writing Parzaz paints a picture so clearly that you can almost smell and hear the goings on in the Malacouti family compound Her writing, which is rich and her skill as a storyteller is what kept me turning page after page I don t know why, but I had never considered what life must have been like for a Jewish family in early 20th century Iran A haunting story that will stay with you long after you have finished it An interesting peak into the lives of Iranian Jews from generations past a time when a woman s worth was measured by her ability to bear children The story is told in memories and flashbacks, narrated by the only surviving daughter of a prosperous family, now an old woman living in Los Angeles The details and descriptions allowed me to step between the pages of the book and imagine what life was really like for a woman in that time and place It s a story of tragedy, despair, betrayal and sa An interesting peak into the lives of Iranian Jews from generations past a time when a woman s worth was measured by her ability to bear children The story is told in memories and flashbacks, narrated by the only surviving daughter of a prosperous family, now an old woman living in Los Angeles The details and descriptions allowed me to step between the pages of the book and imagine what life was really like for a woman in that time and place It s a story of tragedy, despair, betrayal and sacrifice I look forward to future books by this author The Girl From Garden is the debut masterpiece from Parnaz Faroutan and another one added to my favourite reads this year It is a powerful tale of desire, obsession, jealousy, power and vulnerability and ultimately the downfall of a wealthy Persian Jewish family set in the early twentieth century.Mahboubeh, the only surviving daughter of the Malacouti family, is an elderly woman who spends her time tending and talking to the plants in her garden Mahboubeh drifts in and out of the past reliving The Girl From Garden is the debut masterpiece from Parnaz Faroutan and another one added to my favourite reads this year It is a powerful tale of desire, obsession, jealousy, power and vulnerability and ultimately the downfall of a wealthy Persian Jewish family set in the early twentieth century.Mahboubeh, the only surviving daughter of the Malacouti family, is an elderly woman who spends her time tending and talking to the plants in her garden Mahboubeh drifts in and out of the past reliving her memories as a young girl in Iran and it is through her that we hear about a young married couple who are unable to produce an heir to ensure the continuation of the family line and we bear witness to the tragic events and destructive forces that destroyed the family.When Asher Malacouti s young wife fails to produce an heir and his brother s new wife becomes pregnant he decides on a course of action that will have disastrous consequences The disdain and resentment that Asher displays toward his wife, Rakhel, will distort and shape her into a manipulative, vindictive woman Rakhel will go to any extremes to maintain her status within the family including the use of spells and help of djinns in this highly superstitious, spirit believing culture.In a male dominated and strict boundary controlled environment the young women jostle with one another in a struggle to reach the most beneficial status within the unit, sacrificing any chance of true friendship or bond, and is where betrayal, and manipulation are the unending driving force.The Girl From The Garden is all thepoignant as life for young girls is pretty much the same today as it was then Little or no alternative exists than to be married very young to produce children, and look after their husband and family, often in oppressive and restrictive marriages, as is the case for Rakhel.The Girl From The Garden is a beautifully written piece of literature Vividly depicting a world rich in detail with beautifully drawn characters who effortlessly come to life and lodge themselves into your mind.I highly recommend The Girl from the Garden to anyone interested in learning about lives from a different time and culture and would generate lively discussion in book reading groups A kalidescope of emotions.envy, jealousy, sorrow.all set in a wealthy Jewish families home it did take me a moment to get into the ebb and flow of the book going back and forth between the recollections of Mahboubeh and what happened in the past. With sumptuous prose, evoking the lyricism of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the author creates a vivid portrayal of a culture where female children are considered a burden on the family and barren women are cursed Like a richly coloured Persian carpet, family myth and traditions, folklore and biblical imagery are woven into this tragic tale of sorrow, sacrifice and paradise lost A tough read, made bearable by the beautiful writing Reviewed for Whichbook.net I think heartbreaking sums this one up pretty well It s a beautifully written tale about a Jewish family in Iran But it is universal in that it addresses the plight of a barren woman and the effect it has on her family It s a very special read It goes back and forth in time which can be a little confusing, but I think it is a successful mechanism for storytelling, which is really what the book is. It s so hard to read about women who are treated as less than human for the sake of religious or cultural reasons.I found the transitions between the modern storyteller, Mahboubeh and the past, following Rakhel a bit difficult to follow at first, until I got used to it I m also not sure why it was framed that way, since the daughter Mahboubed, who is telling Rakhel s story isn t supposed to know everything that happened or what happened to her mother, KhorsheedI understand it s partially based It s so hard to read about women who are treated as less than human for the sake of religious or cultural reasons.I found the transitions between the modern storyteller, Mahboubeh and the past, following Rakhel a bit difficult to follow at first, until I got used to it I m also not sure why it was framed that way, since the daughter Mahboubed, who is telling Rakhel s story isn t supposed to know everything that happened or what happened to her mother, KhorsheedI understand it s partially based on the author s own family history, which gives the storydimension and an added layer of sadness Overally I m glad I read this one An interesting read but just too sad and depressing Don t get me wrong, all books don t need happy endings but I need at least one small glimmer of happiness or at least hope that something good will happen Not so with this story of the women in a wealthy Jewish family in Iran in the early 20th century Rakhel is married to Asher but when she fails to conceive, he takes his cousin s ex wife after a scandalous divorce as his 2nd wife She doesn t conceive either hmmmmaybe the women ar An interesting read but just too sad and depressing Don t get me wrong, all books don t need happy endings but I need at least one small glimmer of happiness or at least hope that something good will happen Not so with this story of the women in a wealthy Jewish family in Iran in the early 20th century Rakhel is married to Asher but when she fails to conceive, he takes his cousin s ex wife after a scandalous divorce as his 2nd wife She doesn t conceive either hmmmmaybe the women aren t the problem here so Asher destroys what little pride she has left and divorces her Rakhel then basically steals her sister in law and best friends son to raise as her own so that her husband will have a heir And of course no good comes of any of this It reminded me of Henna House so if you enjoyed that you might like this one too The Girl from the Garden is a story of a wealthy Persian Jewish family living in Iran at the beginning of the 20th Century It sof an account of women s cultural plight at that time Although these women were fed well and surrounded by monetary beauty, their lives were ones of male servitude and oppression Only the conniving seemed to survive.The author, Parnaz Foroutan, uses her own family s folklore as fodder for this beautifully written novel Foroutan stated that as her family membe The Girl from the Garden is a story of a wealthy Persian Jewish family living in Iran at the beginning of the 20th Century It sof an account of women s cultural plight at that time Although these women were fed well and surrounded by monetary beauty, their lives were ones of male servitude and oppression Only the conniving seemed to survive.The author, Parnaz Foroutan, uses her own family s folklore as fodder for this beautifully written novel Foroutan stated that as her family members aged, the family stories changed She won t call this historical fiction as the sources became unreliable This reader is appreciative that she chose to use the folklore, in whatever state of truth, in fiction It made a fine novel.The story is told as memories of the family s only surviving daughter, Mahboubeh She is living in Los Angeles, ruminating over her mother, who died when she was a mere child No family member would explain explicitly how her mother died her father would only state that it was from the complications of womanhood After reading the novel, that statement 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About the Author: Parnaz Foroutan

Parnaz Foroutan was born in Iran and spent her early childhood there She received PEN USA s Emerging Voices fellowship for her first novel, Girl From the Garden, which was inspired by her own family history She has been named to the Hedgebrook fellowship and residency, and received funding from the Elizabeth George Foundation, among other institutions She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.


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