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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Persian Dreams by Maryam Tabibzadeh is a story that is timeless in nature. You cannot just pin it to one dimension or one timeline; it has an endless quality to it because people all over the world can relate to it. The novel tells us the story of three generations of the same family, and how they fought and reconciled with their religion and the people around them. The generations begin with Talah. She is living in the 19th century and trying to find a way to move on with her life after her second husband passed away. We read the story of her son, Baback, who is finding it hard to hold on to his religion as he starts an affair. We also read the story of his daughter, Nosha, a strong willed woman who is trying to find a place in the world and in her community. She wants to make her mark and break the restrictions imposed on women.
This is a really excellent narrative. I’m one of the many lucky women living in a Muslim community and country, who have plenty of opportunities to make a name for themselves. However, there are still many women who are required to step down or move back because people in their lives believe that opportunities belong only to men. Things have changed and improved, but women still have to fight for it. It was good to see a comparison of situations between the women of the 19th century and the women who live right now. It was also nice to see a man’s conflict. This is an excellent novel that could be read by students as comparative literature. The book is very well-written and has a cool cover.