Don’t even bother reading the back cover of “Persian Girls” by Nahid Rachlin, because I can almost certainly promise that it’ll be worth the read. When I read the book, I unfortunately read the back cover and realized that it partially misrepresents the book by providing information that doesn’t happen until the last fifty pages. Here’s what it’s really about:
Growing up in Iran isn’t easy for a girl who loves the written word and wants to pursue her education in America. To Nahid, America is an escape from the oppressive system of government and tradition—a dream she shares with her sister Pari. It is this dream that brings the two sisters closer together. However, both girls are shut down by their strict father, and the only thing that he, their mother, and the culture seem to care about is getting them married. Under these circumstances you witness two sisters become best friends and sympathize with them.
Looking at it politically, some may read the book and think it misrepresents Islam and is, therefore, not a book worth reading. I don’t believe that the memoir is against Islam, but that it displays how Islamic teachings are warped by political powers until they become oppressive. Even without the political background, the fact that Nahid’s father—a man who is anything but religious—is strict and believes that a woman’s only purpose is to stay home, proving that it isn’t the religion, but the tradition.
Of course there’s much more to this memoir than I’ve provided, but I wouldn’t want to spoil it like the back cover.
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Yousra Medhkour is Layali’s Reviews blogger. She is a senior at the University of Toledo. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of English, with a concentration in creative writing, and a minor in Studio Art. She spends her free time reading countless books, a hobby that nurtured her love for words. With this passion of hers, Yousra aspires to become a published author.