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The Saffron Kitchen (2006)

por Yasmin Crowther

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"On an autumn day in London, the dark secrets and troubled past of Maryam Mazar surface violently with tragic consequences for her pregnant daughter, Sara, and her newly orphaned nephew Saeed. Racked with guilt, Maryam is compelled to leave the safe comfort of her suburban home and mild English husband to return to Mazareh, the remote village on Iran's north-east border where her story began. There she must face her past and the memories of a life she was forced to leave behind when her father disowned her for a sin she did not commit, in the days when she was young, headstrong and beautiful." "Back in England, Sara takes care of Saeed and her distraught father as she tries to understand what has happened. Together they begin to unearth Maryam's story from amid their memories of opium poppies 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 and bring her home. Far from the terraced streets of London, in a land of minarets, among the snow-capped mountains and wind-swept 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Returned to the library as I couldn't face another first-person book. But it's probably good and I might try again another time.
  Okies | Sep 3, 2020 |
The Saffron Kitchen is the debut novel of author Yasmin Crowther. It is a family story that follows both a mother and a daughter, the first as she faces her trauma and finds peace in her beloved country of Iran, the other as she comes to an understanding about her mother and their difficult relationship.

Maryam Mazar was born and raised in a small village in Iran, but for the last forty years has been living in a suburb of London. Her life is comfortable and secure but when an event triggers her memory of an event that caused her to run away from Iran, she realizes that in order to heal, she must return to Iran. She basically leaves her husband and her daughter, who has also just suffered a traumatic event and returns to face her past. While daughter Sara, and husband Edward feel abandoned and confused, Maryam feels reborn. Only when Sara herself travels to Iran and confronts her mother’s past can the two women begin to heal their relationship.

This was an interesting story about culture, family and identity. Personally I never quite reached an understanding of Maryam so didn’t have a lot of sympathy for her. Parts of the story were very compelling while others felt a little flat. The author’s descriptions of Iran are evocative but the actual story left many questions unanswered. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 1, 2019 |
It seems like I read this book years ago! But in fact, it was just two months ago. I have slipped into my "can't finish a book I start" phase. Thankfully I did finish Yasmin Crowther's The Saffron Kitchen.

Nothing exceptional about this book really. To me I felt it was more an effort to include Iran in the story and therefore garner the attention of those "Oh! I love the exotic dangerous Middle East!" types who would read anything that mentions Ali in a book. The story was simple : at the beginning Sara suffers a miscarriage after her mother Maryam's violent outburst against Saeed. Maryam runs off to her beloved Iran leaving her British husband behind and rediscover her old love Ali.

The writing is lyrical and it is Yasmin Crowther's maiden venture. So keeping that in mind, the book is not tedious at any stretch. However, I felt that the most interesting part of the book was Maryam herself, and her relationship with Ali in Iran. The rest of the drama - the troubled mother-daughter relationship was painfully wrought out, and ended in a bizarre snowed-out scenario that puts Sara, Ali and Maryam in the same place, and they are forced into acknowledging the truths of the past. By then, you could almost guess what the truths and mysteries were, and have reached the point where you just want to finish the book because it should not end up being another on the "to be completed" shelf.
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  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
Picked this up at the Rabun County Library book sale last month. While I read it, Rabun county was on my mind with the fires as much as Iran was with the story. ( )
  bookczuk | Nov 24, 2016 |
A resounding 'eh'. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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"On an autumn day in London, the dark secrets and troubled past of Maryam Mazar surface violently with tragic consequences for her pregnant daughter, Sara, and her newly orphaned nephew Saeed. Racked with guilt, Maryam is compelled to leave the safe comfort of her suburban home and mild English husband to return to Mazareh, the remote village on Iran's north-east border where her story began. There she must face her past and the memories of a life she was forced to leave behind when her father disowned her for a sin she did not commit, in the days when she was young, headstrong and beautiful." "Back in England, Sara takes care of Saeed and her distraught father as she tries to understand what has happened. Together they begin to unearth Maryam's story from amid their memories of opium poppies 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 and bring her home. Far from the terraced streets of London, in a land of minarets, among the snow-capped mountains and wind-swept 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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