Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

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From the best-selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors for an afternoon of tea drinking and talking. Naturally, the subject turns to love, sex and the vagaries of men.

As the afternoon progresses, these vibrant women share their secrets, their regrets and their often outrageous stories about, among other things, how to fake one’s virginity, how to escape an arranged marriage, how to enjoy the miracles of plastic surgery and how to delight in being a mistress. By turns revealing and hilarious, these are stories about the lengths to which some women will go to find a man, keep a man or, most importantly, keep up appearances.

Full of surprises, this introduction to the private lives of some fascinating women, whose life stories and lovers and will strike us as at once deeply familiar and profoundly different from our own, is sure to bring smiles of recognition to the faces of women everywhere–and to teach us all a thing or two.

About Marjane Satrapi

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Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the French school, before leaving for Vienna and then Strasbourg to study illustration. She has written several children's books and her commentary and illustrations appear in newspapers and magazines around the world, including the New Yorker and the New York Times. She is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning comic book autobiography in two parts, Persepolis and Persepolis 2. She currently lives in Paris.
Published April 19, 2005 by Pantheon. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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New books by Nedjma and Marjane Satrapi take a matter-of-fact look at the sex lives of women in Islamic societies.

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The Guardian

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Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi Jonathan Cape £12.99, pp144 This book's title and its cover image of a girl admiring herself in an old-fashioned mirror, imply that it is going to be warm, wise, witty - and twee - but Marjane Satrapi has not, thankfully, written 'How To Make an Iranian Quilt'.

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The Guardian

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They catch their readers by surprise, too, marrying words and images in odd and alluring ways to draw us into huge and hugely controversial terrain, and - before they have even begun to fill in the background - they make us feel as if we're there, in the thick of it.

Jun 25 2005 | Read Full Review of Embroideries

Entertainment Weekly

In this fluffy, featherweight companion piece to her two-volume graphic auto-biography, Embroideries, Marjane Satrapi doodles some lighthearted cartoons of her grandmother sipping tea and discussing sex with her Iranian matron friends.

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Embroideries is the latest graphic novel from Iranian writer-cartoonist Marjane Satrapi, author of the critically acclaimed two-part graphic novel-format autobiography, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return.

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Her first two books, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, use words and drawings to tell the tale of Satrapi’s girlhood in Iran, adolescence abroad and subsequent return to her homeland.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

The bold and dazzling banter between the women in Embroideries reveals the mischievously poignant and heartrending secrets of love and marriage, all of which are inherently universal.

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