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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Daylight Forever: A Memoir by Mahvash Khajavi-Harvey is a heartbreaking memoir that showcases the plight of immigrants, their sacrifices, struggles, the courage to start all over again in a new place, and the risks they take to escape unbearable conditions. The author's story as a refugee and now an American citizen is a story of hope and will encourage readers to extend a hand to those who are falling and also accept all people and treat them with respect and dignity. It chronicles a young Baha'i girl's traumatic times during the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and how she bravely took her life into her own hands to flee oppression and death threats to her family and crossed the border in search of a better life. Her story is one of opportunity, freedom, perseverance, and bravery and will inspire every refugee to understand the meaning of home, where there is safety from terror and judgment.
Daylight Forever is bold, raw, and honest. Mahvash Khajavi-Harvey also speaks about the Baha'i faith and how they believe in peace and harmony. She speaks about her childhood which was at the mercy of sirens and bombs, her family, her love for poetry, her love affair with pomegranates, war-torn times when she became a refugee, and her life after that. It is an eye-opener to readers about the pain, challenges, and difficulties refugees go through as they struggle to find a home for themselves where they can live in peace without hearing sirens and expecting bombs to drop. Refugees are continually denied access to basic human rights and needs and many of them remain homeless for years. The final chapters show how she found her home in America, a country she could truly call home.