Foreigner by Nahid Rachlin – book cover, description, publication history. Rachlin, the author of five previous works of fiction, including the much acclaimed Foreigner, begins her story at the age of nine, when she was taken away from. —Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review “Nahid Rachlin has an intimate insider’s Bruce Allen, Chicago Tribune “Foreigner gently raises new as well as .

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Maman returned to Iran when I was a month old. Oct 06, Sheila rated it it was ok. There was no way to fight if he wanted me back. The New York Times book Review: In the early days of her visit she is convinced she has erred in coming and even decides to cut her visit quite short to return home.

Newly separated from her husband, Zora moves to a seemingly idyllic apartment complex to raise her daughter Anar. Two tall mirrors, facing each other, hung on the rachlun doors in my room.

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On the face of it, this is a story of a women in transition, pulled to her homeland at a time of personal flux. I forigner an urge to bolt, but Father, as if aware of that urge, took hold of my hand, and grasping it firmly, he led me into the house.

She appears to be a woman who oscillates between two worlds and initially doesn’t quite fit in either. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I recommend it highly!


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Nahid Rachlin conveys coreigner and experience of estrangement, alienation on returning to the place of her childhood. Feri’s uncertainty, feeling of being pulled in several directions, and reluctance to follow in her mother’s footsteps are entirely understandable. Buy the selected items together This item: Feb 15, Ashley rated it it was amazing. I love this book but then I have yet racblin read a book by Nahid Rachlin that I do not love.

Captures well the feeling of living in two cultures but foreivner belonging in neither Mohtaram, my birth mother. But Pahlavi Avenue was foteigner and full of glittering luxury shops and modern, two-storied houses and apartment buildings. Ships from and sold by Amazon.

There were the conservative Iranians and the half-westernized ones, like my parents. I had a hard time empathizing with any of the characters and wasn’t very invested in the fate of any of them. Rachlin’s characters face each other across a gulf of irreconcilable differences, but she shows them to us with their complexity and dignity intact, their deepest needs as recognizable to our own.

Jun 12, Nicole rated it it was ok. Nausea rose from my stomach in waves. So she tracks her mother down and goes to visit. The story looks at the cultural differences of the two countries, but more so tells the story of the woman as she tries to figure out who she is, what makes her happy, and where she belongs.

Conveys the texture of extended family, the stress of modernization, the strain of Moslem rigidity as well as the harmony of nature, of dust and carpets, fruits, sweets, tea, fine rice and gossip. Girls there have plenty of problems: In addition, readers are given insight into the values and customs of a culture that many do not know firsthand. Nahid Rachlin’s writing is exquisite; she lets you picture Iran in detail even if you have never been there. By the time she knows we’ll be on the airplane.


She is initially in a state of reverse culture shock to be back in her native land and starts to pursue returning back to the US early but events outside her control cause her to remain.

I learned a lot about Iranian culture through reading this novel. She traveled back to the country where she had grown up, now under the Islamic regime rather than the Shah, to say goodbye to her only friend.

This moving and beautifully written memoir offers the reader a rare glimpse into the secret lives of Iranian women. I have read this book four times by now, and each time I have discovered new layers in it. They seemed full of life.

The novel helps readers understand what it’s like to be a foreigner in a foreign land and how that experience can feel both liberating and isolating.

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