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  • ISBN 0807072109
  • ISBN13 978-0807072103
  • Language English
  • Author Gelareh Asayesh
  • Publisher Beacon Pr (October 1, 1999)
  • Pages 222
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  • Category Social Science
  • Subcategory Social Sciences
  • Size ePub 1724 kb
  • Size Fb2 1564 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
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The author recounts her experiences adapting to American culture as a teenage Iranian immigrant and visiting Iran as an adult

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Saffron sky: a life between Iran and America. Gelareh Asayesh grew up in Tehran. This lyrical memoir revisits still-important questions about immigration, race, and cultural assimilation. Her family moved to the United States in 1977, shortly before the Islamic Revolution transformed Iran. In 1990, after fourteen years of absence, she returned to Iran for a visit. Since then, she has returned almost every year, most recently for three months this past spring and summer.

Gifted journalist Gelareh Asayesh writes indelibly of her struggle to balance an Iranian childhood with her adult life in America. A brave and beautifully written memoir that should be read by all who seek to understand Iran, America, or the divided life of the exile. Rarely have the enduring questions of time, place, faith, and identity been explored with such an array of amazing images. Tom Drury, author of The Black Brook.

Saffron Sky is a book by Gelareh Asayesh. This lyrical memoir evinces the author's passion for constructing an American life with the spiritual fervor and deeply aesthetic rituals that were part of her childhood in Iran.

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Asayesh will be signing books at the Iranbooks booth of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference from 12:30 -2:30 Saturday, November 20th, at the Marriott . Saffron Sky : A Life Between Iran and America.

Asayesh will be signing books at the Iranbooks booth of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference from 12:30 -2:30 Saturday, November 20th, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, . Asayesh, a longtime journalist, grew up in Iran and has traveled extensively there since 1990, most recently spending the Spring and part of the summer there.

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Gelareh Asayesh disagrees. Asayesh has spent her life attempting to bridge the gap between Iran, the country of her birth, and the United States, her adopted country. If Iran is primitive, it is primitive in an innocent sense, she writes in her memoir, ''Saffron Sk. ' Prayer is the fabric of its daily life. Iranians have strict religious and civil laws. They find school-yard massacres and drive-by shootings incomprehensible. Consisting of travel articles - sections of which appeared in newspapers - and journal entries resembling prose poems, ''Saffron Sky'' at times is as disjointed as the story it tells. Asayesh was 8 years old when she and her family left Iran for the United States.

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I picked this book up because all the blurbs for it had this phrase: "Asayesh, who immigrated to North Carolina as a girl, writes too of her struggle to arrive at an acceptable sexuality in the face of parental panic..." I thought because of this one phrase that the author was gay. Finally! I thought, and ordered it.
On the first page: mention of the author's husband. Oh, okay, I thought. Well, maybe she's bisexual.
Nope! In fact, I'm not even sure why the above phrase is used in marketing this book. There is a small anecdote about not wanting to kiss the boy she went to prom with...that is about a page...but nothing that warrants a sentence about arriving at an acceptable sexuality in the face of parental panic, which is quite sensational for what looks to be one page in a 221-page book. It might seem like I'm focused on that quite a lot, but it's the reason I bought the book in the first place, so I'm a bit disappointed. The book is well-written, although I'm upset about Googoosh's name being misspelled, and I don't have any issue with the author's tone like other reviewers do. I agree that the narrative skips around a lot, and I agree with another reviewer who stated that it seemed like the author was grasping at straws when talking about the good parts of the Islamic Republic.
I'm more than halfway through but seriously losing interest. I can semi-relate to the author being torn so much between cultures, but I'm mainly losing interest because a)the book was not what I was anticipating and b)so much has changed in Iran since this book was written. It's good, just not what I was looking for!
I read this book with gratitude. Though I am a Jewish woman, born in America, I, too, have grappled with my identity. Ms. Asayesh stirred feelings in me about my own assimilation from my childhood, when I lived with my orthodox Jewish grandparents and celebrated holidays and customs that, as time went on and the elders died or I moved away from them, lost their hold on me.
The author's descriptions of her loving family and the warmth and sweetness of past rituals and the land she had loved as a child were very touching. I was especially moved when she wrote that her aunt, visiting in Canada, had wept, noting that North America is so green, and Iran is so brown...and dry. It made me realize, not without a little shame, that I take my homeland for granted, and also that there are people who, though they may be less fortunate, love their parched homeland as much as I love my fertile one.
Although it was hard to hear about the dogmatic, sexist, religious practices and the anti-Americanism of many Iranians today, it is important to remember that America is not without its flaws in these and other areas. We, too, have an extreme, right-wing element that opposes women's rights and the rights of minorities. We have plundered others' lands in the name of Democracy when, in fact, it is economic interest that motivates us. We still have the death penalty here. Hate crimes abound. Children murder other children. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is rampant. Our politicians are corrupt, and we accept this with cynicism.
And yet I, too, love my homeland and forgive its many sins. At least I can still live here fairly comfortably. Ms. Asayesh found herself in exile from the place she loved. The wrenching sadness of that disconnection was beautifully portrayed. I hope a lot of people read this book.
This is an absorbing account of the author's divided identity as a Muslim woman who grew up in Iran in the 1960s-1970s and then remained in the U.S. where she was a university student at the time of the revolution. Now married to an American and working as a journalist, she is torn by her desire to return to the beloved Iran of her youth, its 3,000-year-old culture, and the large, loving family who still live there.

The strictures imposed on women in the Islamic Republic (the rigidly puritanical dress codes, the denial of social equality for women) are only a part of the difficulties she faces as she begins a series of return visits to Iran in 1990. The dominance of the West in the material values of educated and upper middle class Iranians has been replaced by the tyranny of the fundamentalist and hard-line religious leaders who dictate social policy. The dominance of the West in controlling Iran's oil-rich economy through the CIA-installed monarchy has been replaced by the social and economic upheaval brought on by years of war with Iraq and isolation in the world community.

With all this in the background, Asayesh articulates the human toll resulting from the revolution by describing its impact on the lives of the members of her family. She reveals this most vividly by contrasting her idyllic childhood against the realities of the present. Everywhere there is division, right down to her own efforts to recover a personal identity. Her sense of self is continually frustrated by the lack of continuity between the memories of her life as a girl and her current life in the West. Asayesh has a journalist's eye for detail that takes the reader beneath the surface of her subject and any easy generalizations about the Islamic Republic. It's an excellent book to read after Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran."
This book is presented as a collection of reminiscences from girlhood and womanhood between Iran and America. Gelareh Asayesh shares the inward labors of carrying two great yet incompatible cultures in her soul. Every vignette is a gem to admire at length, to laugh, cry or sigh over before even moving on to the next page.

I picked up this book after enduring a heartwrenching goodbye with a compassionate Iranian woman of this same generation who felt that we could never last as a couple with our different cultural backgrounds. As an American, I truly believe that it's impossible for me to understand Iran. This book won't change that; it won't change you into somebody who knows and will even reiterate the futility of trying. But you will be left with a very emotional and meaningful sense of a world you CANNOT know.