Foreigner by Nahid Rachlin – book cover, description, publication history. Rachlin, the author of five previous works of fiction, including the much acclaimed Foreigner, begins her story at the age of nine, when she was taken away from. —Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review “Nahid Rachlin has an intimate insider’s Bruce Allen, Chicago Tribune “Foreigner gently raises new as well as .

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The red fruit on persimmon trees on the sidewalks were glistening like jewels in sunlight. Water gurgled in joobs running alongside the streets. He planted flowers for every season and he had put in shade trees as well as a variety of fruit trees. The New York Times book Review: Bob Corbett corbetre webster. Every book I’ve read by Nahid Rachlin and as one of her editors, I’ve even read a couple books yet to be published transports me completely.

He was wearing a suit and a tie. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page foreignef of 1. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. More than about Iranians and their customs, or the constrasts between Feri’s American and Iranian parameters, this book is about a complex psychological discovery — the acceptance of self.

She wore bright red lipstick and her hair in rachin permanent wave. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Customers who bought this item also bought. There was a problem adding your email address. Feri’s decision was not surprising, as her need to resolve her childhood trauma was foundational to self-discovery and moving forward with her life.

Crowd of Sorrows, novella review: We had someone to take care of the pool, and another man, Ahmad, did odd jobs, fixing things that went out of order, spraying mosquito repellents. What becomes of us naahid we are born in one world yet long for another? I must hold it until I get to the toilet, I said to myself, but my stomach tightened sharply and I began to throw up in the aisle. When I returned the stewardess had cleaned up the aisle. Like another reviewer, I couldn’t put this book down.


Jan 05, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: There’s a problem loading this menu right now.


While it is a pleasant portrayal of modern Iranian culture, the story felt a bit flat to me as there was no empathy towards the protagonist and the details of various side stories are never fully elucidated. It was true for Jahan too; although she praised him more she wasn’t any closer to him. She realizes, while visiting radhlin father and his second wife, that her mother hadn’t just disappeared, as he’d always told her.

The commonalities of life, wherever it’s lived, shine through in these tales of family friendship, love, and war A clear, tough, well crafted book about the challenge of living outside one’s culture. I had a hard time empathizing with any of the characters and wasn’t very invested in the fate of any of them.

Book review — By Nahid Rachlin. FOREIGNER

He often had a musky scent about him now of after-shave lotion. However, this did not detract fro This was my first look into N. Newly separated from her husband, Zora moves to a seemingly idyllic apartment complex to raise her daughter Anar.

Lists with This Book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Both girls refused to accept the prescribed traditional-Muslim roles for them and dreamed of careers in literature and the theatre both considered unthinkable for respectable girls in Iran ; they devoured forbidden books and had secret romances. Daughters should marry as soon as a suitable man came along.

The mixture of values at home mirrored the ones among the people of Ahvaz. Jun 25, Ladyce West rated it it was amazing Shelves: Maybe you CAN go home again? There were a few moments in the story where the author almost too casually mentions events that are jarring and require more explanation for example, the reason for the awkward relationship between Feri and her brother or the moments of distance between Tony and her.


In the process she questions her marriage to an American and her work, and struggles with the dilemma of not being able to get an exit visa to return to the US without written permission from her husband. Through the window I saw a white chador with polka dot design in the distance.

Still holding me with one hand, he hailed foreigmer taxi with the other. Naipul said of this book that it’s brilliant because it’s not overtly political–politics are not even mentioned–and that Rachlin’s understated prose provides the more powerful political statement.

Evocative and quite beautifully written. I can’t wear this or that, I can’t ride a bicycle.

The stewardess brought trays of food and put them in front of us. We see more clearly the ways in which our own society is not so great when the character’s husband comes to fetch her back to the U. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. She traveled back to the country where she had grown up, now under the Islamic regime rather than the Shah, to say goodbye to her only friend.

Yet, she soon discovers that she cannot run too far from her past She looked so different from Maryam who wore no make-up and let her naturally wavy hair grow long.

Bleak is the right word, if you will understand that bleakness can have a startling beauty. Even an ulcer, which lands her forejgner the primitive hospital, links her up with a pleasant doctor, a U. I love this story and I regret that I met Nahid only recently on Goodreads, we could have been old friends by now