The Saffron Kitchen

The Saffron Kitchen

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When her troubled past resurfaces with tragic consequences, Maryam departs for the remote Iranian village of her youth, followed by her daughter Sara, who finally learns the price her mother paid to secure her own freedom.

Blackwell North Amer
On a blustery day in London, the dark secrets and troubled past of Maryam Mazar surface violently, with tragic consequences for her daughter, Sara, and her newly orphaned nephew Saeed. Consumed with guilt, Maryam leaves the safe comfort of her suburban home and mild English husband to return to Mazareh, the remote village on Iran's northeast border where her own story began. There she must face her past and the memories of a life she was forced to leave behind, in the days when she was young, headstrong, and beautiful.
Back in England, Sara, who has never felt a strong tie to Maryam's birthplace, tries to understand what could have compelled her mother to leave. Together with Saeed and her distraught father, she begins to unearth Maryam's story from amid her memories of opium poppies, family lore and fragments of conversation, photographs and a few lines of poetry. In her quest to piece their life back together, Sara follows her mother to Iran to discover the roots of her unhappiness and to try to bring her home. Far from the streets of London, in a land of minarets, among the snow-capped mountains and dusty plains that have haunted her mother's dreams for half a century, Sara finally learns the terrible price Maryam once had to pay for her freedom, and of the love she left behind.

& Taylor

When her troubled past violently resurfaces with tragic consequences for her pregnant daughter, Maryam Mazar departs for the remote Iranian village of her youth, where she learns the price her own mother paid to secure her freedom. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670038114
Branch Call Number: FICTION CROWTHER
Characteristics: viii, 257 p. ; 22 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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