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A Mirror Garden: A Memoir
In Persia in 1924, when a child still had to worry about hostile camels in the bazaar and a nanny might spin stories at her pillow until her eyes fell shut, the extraordinary and irresistible Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was born. From the enchanted basement storeroom where she played as a girl to the penthouse high above New York City where she would someday live, this ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Knopf
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I have read many Iranian memoirs; books by revolutionaries describing how noble or terrible the revolution was for Iran, books by children of govt. officials executed after the revolution, many books by diaspora in many forms but, I must say, this book is one of my favorite so far. It is an interesting and well written autobiography of one of the imminent modern artists of Iran. She married into an influential family under the Shah after living in NYC for a decade and returned to Iran to live a ...more
I couldn't decide between a 1 or 2 star to give A Mirror Garden. A more appropriate title for this memoir would have been: diary of an extremely wealthy Iranian artist and socialite that had little to no elements of an engaging plot. Womp womp. Don't get me wrong, I liked Monir but we could never be real life bffs. I couldn't relate to her in anyway. The chapters dealing specifically with how she created her art pieces definitely did not help. Before starting this diary, I was hoping the politic ...more
Sep 08, 2008 G-- rated it really liked it
A modern fairytale. A Persian woman escapes to New York on a whim, marries and then divorces a horrid husband, and works in the fashion industry until she moves back to Iran to marry a charming prince. Once there, she spends her time recovering priceless Persian artifacts, and creating her own artwork. Of course, at the revolution, they have to leave, and they make their lives in NY. A lovely glimpse into another [privileged, beautiful, extinct] world.