Friday, May 23, 2014
If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan
A truly remarkable story that shows a side of Iran that no one probably wants to see (or would believe even exists!). I was fascinated by Farizan's accounts of gay bars, prostitutes, and illegal parties (keep in mind that consuming alcohol is illegal in Iran, so what does one make of opium!?). But once we move beyond the titillation of these illicit scenes, there is a warm and authentic story of not just these two young women, but of their parents and friends as well. The actual romance that forms the center of the story didn't have a lot of heat to it, but the honestly and depth of Sahar's feelings of loss, betrayal, and despair are heartbreaking and moving. I was drawn to the book by the novelty of the story, but stayed for the appeal of the characters.