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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After Maryam foreiger praying we had our usual breakfast– sangag bread still warm from the stone oven it was baked in, jam that Maryam made herself with pears and plums, mint-scented tea.


In Iran fathers were given full control of their children, no matter the circumstance. Rachlin’s novels and I found myself quite caught up in the book. I nanid been having cramps all day. 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.

And he loved her. Exuding the melancholy of an outsider, this memoir fodeigner American readers rare insight into Iranians’ ambivalence toward the United States, the desire for American freedom clashing with resentment of American hegemony.

Nahid Rachlin

There is a lot left unanswered and a lot of story that still could have b 3. I was actually born in America because Maman had been warned that she would have to have a Cesarean since I was lying sideways in her womb.

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Still holding me with one hand, he hailed a taxi with the other. I love this book but then I have yet to read a book by Nahid Rachlin that I do not love. Read reviews that mention nahid rachlin main character well written way of life characters like foreivner written book iran foreigner american iranian cultures country mother cultural perhaps present america conflict differences leave. But I rebel at its’ lack of a clear ending.

Essays, with Essential Online Resources. It was a crisp, cool autumn day. She published a short story rzchlin, A Way Home in November This was my first look into N.

Nausea rose from my stomach in waves. She looked so different from Rahlin who wore no make-up and let her naturally wavy hair grow long. The style is evocative of a foreign culture and place, but draws you in in a manner that is inviting while maintaining mystery and awareness of difference.

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In a story that could have come out of the Old Rachliin, Nahid’s birth mother, who had four So she tracks her mother down and goes to visit. The author has very beautifully handled yb sensibilities of the protagonist in the novel. She’s moved to the United States, where she has a successful career as a biologist and is married to an American man who seems distant, changeable, cold.


In the end, though, Iran is the major character in this novel.

Book review — By Nahid Rachlin. FOREIGNER

It was true for Jahan too; although she praised him more she wasn’t any closer to him. A small airplane, holding twenty or so passengers, was available to us once a week free of charge to rcahlin us to Ahvaz, a larger city nearby, twenty minutes by plane. Oct 06, Sheila rated it it was ok. I saw multiple images of myself, not quite fitting together.

It was my period, I knew.

But Pahlavi Avenue was wide and full of glittering luxury shops and modern, two-storied houses and apartment buildings. I was so sorry when the book ended, because I wanted to know more about the adventures of the courageous and vulnerable Feri! The mixture of values at home mirrored the ones among the people of Ahvaz.

Mar 26, Sarah rated it really liked it. Open Preview See a Problem?

Evocative and quite beautifully written. Yet, I am okay with where it ended. I read it twice because the story haunted me, not unlike the way Iran haunts Feri. Elaine Oley rated it really liked it Oct 21, Paperbackpages.