This book is by a debut by Iranian sociologist and psychologist Parinoush Saniee. This best seller was banned twice in her homeland Iran. This is a journey of a very ambitious Iranian girl from childhood to adulthood. Journey of a girl whose fate was determined by family and politics.
The narrative is simple and real. It makes you feel that you are with the author and it brings a smile when she is happy and want to cry with her sadness.
This is a book that any girl from a conservative family can relate to even today. It makes you feel that a small girl can lose her childhood and innocence because of unfairness of the society, it could be because of their brothers, fathers or even mothers at times.
The story starts when Massoumeh, a young girl moves with her family to Tehran from Qum. They move with their cultural baggage which they do not want to throw away even in a new city. Massoumeh tries really hard to get her basic education. She makes a friend, her only friend Parvaneh. Massoumeh falls in love but had to go through hardships when her family discovers it.
She is married against her wishes to Hamid who is a communist. I was surprised with how she accepts her situation, takes control of herself and her family. She sacrifices herself for her children.
The book is about a very strong woman who is a combination of strength, moral values and sacrifices.
Personally, I felt that I can achieve anything in this world. It just made me much more confident and has given me some kind of a strength to be able to take any challenges.