Ashley Dartnell’s mother was a glamorous American, her British father dashing and handsome. Each was trying to shed their past and transform themselves in the more romantic and exotic setting of Iran.
As the story starts, Ashley was eight years old and living in Tehran in the Sixties: the Shah was in power, life for Westerners was rich and privileged. But somehow it didn’t all add up to a fairytale. There were bankruptcies and prisons, betrayals and lovers, lies and evasions. And throughout it all, Ashley’s passionate and strong-willed mother, Genie.
Stories of mothers and daughters are some of the most powerful in contemporary memoir, from The Liars’ Club and The Glass Castle to Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Bad Blood. Farangi Girl would be honoured to be in their company. An honest and compelling portrait of a mother by a daughter who loved her, in spite of everything.
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We love the South Coast Register‘s review of Farangi Girl! Click on the image to the right to take a look.
Susan Elderkin, author of ‘Sunset over Chocolate Mountains’ and ‘The Voices’ A fascinating and heartbreaking insight into a childhood interrupted – gripping. Cosmopolitan _ ___
Crazy, colourful, shocking, compelling. You’ll read it straight through once you start.
Maura Dooley, author of ‘Life Under Water’ _ _
. . . evokes 1960s Iran in all its beauty and turmoil and conjures a wilful, passionate, fascinating woman in its depiction of her mother. This is a vivid, compelling story woven from both politics and desire.
Maggie Gee, author of ‘The White Family’ _ _
A vivid, gripping memoir of childhood in little-known pre-revolutionary Iran.
ASHLEY DARTNELL was raised in 1960s Tehran by an American mother and a British father. Educated in Tehran and the US, she later graduated from Bryn Mawr and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in London with her husband and three children. This is her first book.
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19 April: St John’s Wood Women’s Club
20 April: John Harvard Library
24 April: Vania Book Group
30 April: Anne Fass Book Group
1 May: Remy Shah Book Group
8 May: Nancy Zeffman Book Group
14 May: Lizzie Carrington Book Group
16 May: American Women’s Club
21 May: Anna Tierney Book Group
23 May: Sophia Lofthouse Book Group
24 May: Annie Sparr Book Group
20 June: Kensington and Chelsea Women’s Club
25 June: Gray’s Inn Book Club
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