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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152167
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Compelling drama... fascinating, if disturbing... a moving story of one person's fortitude, courage and faith" (The New York Times Book Review)

"The horrific situation in which Betty Mahmoody found herself would give any loving mother nightmares. Here is an amazing story of a woman's courage and total devotion to her child that will have you rooting for them along every inch of their treacherous journey" (Susan Oudot Woman's Own)

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The true story of one woman's struggle to keep her child and win freedom for them both.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WindsorMummy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2009
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I cannot recommend this book enough. I couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover in just over a day. I was totally entranced and even after I'd finished reading, the story and events stayed with me. I loved the vivid descriptions of Iran and experiences of day to day life. I think I found the relationship between Betty and Moody and with her in-laws of particular interest, as my English mother married an Arab man, so there were definite similarities in mentality and outlook. I enjoyed the book so much I ordered the DVD as soon as I'd finished reading. I have since lent the book to my mother and recommended it to others. My love for this book has sparked a keen interest in this genre and I have since read several other similar books. read this book - you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carno Polo on 6 Jan. 2012
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This is the harrowing story of an American mother trying to escape from the strictures of the Iranian family where her Iranian husband wants to keep her with their daughter. The book has provoked emotional reactions because of its potrayal of Iranian society. I think it must be read with some detachment and a cool head, even though the story itself is anything but cool.

On the one hand, it must be emphasized that not all Iranians are like this husband, of course. The book makes too many generalizations about Iranian society based on this one experience. Most Iranians I have met, in Iran and outside, are reasonable, hospitable, welcoming, open minded and very critical of the Islamic regime. On the other hand, this is not a unique case. Many others like it have been documented and the problems for women in the Islamic society are real. It is not for nothing that Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace prize in 2003. See her book if you are interested in this topic. Iran Awakening: A memoir of revolution and hope
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zoe on 25 Aug. 2012
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What an incredible lady! This book has really touched something in me that so few have. I was wary, as I don't really follow any religious literature in general but on the reccomendation from a friend i gave it a go. I am so glad I did. The written account from this brave and courageous lady is awe inspiring. The love between mother and daughter never more evident when you would live in such appalling and emotionaly abusive as well as physically abusive a situation as Betty and Mahtob did. Based in Tirahn, the story sets the life of an American woman married to an Iranian man and the culture differences between the two. I wont spoil the story as you will discover between the pages the misery and degregation the family endure. If you want something to keep you captivated then read this book!!! If its not your normal genre then please take a chance on it, its really made me this differently and i am very grateful for the eye opening account...and the kindness that can come from such an awful setting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janey on 12 Sept. 2012
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This was recommended to me by a friend and it was a gripping, if harrowing, read. Well written, although some of the names were confusing, it is a salutory warning to anyone thinking of getting involved in a relationship far outside their own culture. It made me angry and horrified at the conditions and treatment she endured. The tension lasted right to the end as she tried to escape. Well worth reading.
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This book is a thrilling read obviously all the more interesting because it is based on actual events.
As another reviewer said, I am not sure how politically correct it is nor how much of it is "embellished" to make it a good read. I can't speculate on that. A family member who lives and works in the Middle East did laugh at me for loving the book, and said it was probably largely exaggerated to make Iran look much worse than the reality. Is that true?? I don't know.
Nonetheless it is enjoyable and said and done it's a book about a mothers love for her child and however much of it is exagerated she and her daughter certainly had a horrific time. I would recommend it - I've read it quite a few times!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2011
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Read this novel many years ago and then again recently at a book club and found it to be just as compelling second time around. It is the true story of an American woman( Betty Mahmoody the author of this book) going with her daughter and husband to visit his family in Iran. What was supposed to be a two week holiday turned into a nightmare when she realised her husband, who had a personality change for the worse no sooner had they landed in his homeland, had trapped her and in fact wanted them to live there. Betty's strength and courage is admirable and once read this is most definitely a book you will never forget.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LindaLvsMick on 9 Jun. 2012
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I read all 3 of these books, all true sories and all of them i broke my heart, those poor girls, torn from a western life they grew up in, sold to old dirty men in Yemen, and they have no life at all, The appalling things they do to them, and their baby girls (remove genils of the female as they are not to supposed to feel anything during sex, as sex is seen just for mens pleasure) this is done at 3 days old! its horrific, the write is so open as is her family. One sister gets out. the other stays. Its heart breaking but addictive. This is one set of books that really always stick in my mind
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