The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther

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In a powerful debut novel that moves between the crowded streets of London and the desolate mountains of Iran, Yasmin Crowther paints a stirring portrait of a family shaken by events from decades ago and worlds away. On a rainy day in London the dark secrets and troubled past of Maryam Mazar surface violently, with tragic consequences for her daughter, Sara, and her newly orphaned nephew. Maryam leaves her English husband and family and returns to the remote Iranian village where her story began. In a quest to piece their life back together, Sara follows her mother and finally learns the terrible price Maryam once had to pay for her freedom, and of the love she left behind. Set against the breathtaking beauty of two very different places, this stunning family drama transcends culture and is, at its core, a rich and haunting narrative about mothers and daughters.

About Yasmin Crowther

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Yasmin Crowther was born to an Iranian mother and British father. This is her first novel.
Published August 28, 2007 by Penguin Books. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A tragic accident begins the tale, unraveling life-as-usual for Maryam and her daughter Sara.

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The story is told through the eyes of Sara and her mother Maryam, whose relationship is threatened after a violent outburst causes pregnant Sara to lose her baby.

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Entertainment Weekly

In the first sentence of The Saffron Kitchen, Yasmin Crowther's beautiful debut, Sara, an English-born woman of Iranian descent, loses her unborn child.

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USA Today

Maryam is banished from Iran at a tender age for the most innocent transgression: She spends a chaste night with a family servant and friend, Ali, who rescued her from a battle that erupted in the streets.

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