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Divided Loyalties

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Acclaimed poet Nilofar Shidmehr’s debut story collection is an unflinching look at the lives of women in post-revolutionary Iran and the contemporary diaspora in Canada.

The stories begin in 1978, the year before the Iranian Revolution. In a neighbourhood in Tehran, a group of affluent girls play a Cinderella game with unexpected consequences. In the mid 1980s, women help t
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Astoria
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Enid Wray
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting and complex collection of short stories exploring the lives of Iranian women, past and present, in Iran and abroad.

Varying in length (ranging from only 15 to more than 60 pages) each story explores a particular thread of a woman’s life… including but not limited to class relations, marriage and marital expectations, family honour, women’s reproductive rights (or lack thereof), family separation, the immigrant experience… all framed within the political and religious context of pos
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Pamela
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked a few of the stories a lot; not because they were easy to read (none of them were easy to read-life is hard for women everywhere) but because they resonated for me and had a great structure or sense of purpose. In particular, Let Go of My Hair, Sir! and Saving the Dead (amazing story... worth thinking of in terms of writing in fact; it's simple, clear, well-written, meaningful). Worth a read.

The first story (Sakeen) BEGINS, in Iran, and in a story from a childhood.
"SAKEEN THE HOUSEMAID w
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Nilofar Shidmehr is an Iranian-Canadian poet, writer and a scholar of arts-based qualitative research especially poetic inquiry. Her first book of poetry in English Shirin and Salt Man was nominated for a BC Book Prize in 2009 and her first book of poetry in Farsi Two Nilofars: Before and After Migration has received worldwide recognition among the expatriate Iranian community. Her poetry and fict ...more