The Saffron Kitchen

The Saffron Kitchen

Large Print - 2007
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Center Point Pub
On an autumn day in London‚ the dark secrets and troubled past of Maryam Mazar surface violently and with tragic consequences. Racked with guilt‚ Maryam is compelled to leave the comfort of her suburban home and mild English husband to return to Mazareh‚ the remote Iranian village where her story began. In London‚ Maryam’s daughter Sara takes care of her orphaned cousin Saeed and her distraught father. As they try to understand what has happened‚ they begin to unearth small pieces of Maryam’s story — and to see a completely different woman.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point, c2007
ISBN: 9781585479429
Characteristics: 318 p. ; 23 cm


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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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