From Tehran to Melbourne,a powerful memoir of survival
Scattered Pearls opens in pre-revolutionary Iran, where Sohila Zanjani grew up under the threat of violence, intimidation and control at the hands of her father. Resolving never to tread in the footsteps of her mother and her grandmother, both survivors of domestic abuse, Sohila tried to find a new life for herself on the other side of the world. But to her horror she discovered that living with her father had been gentle in comparison to the reality of her new married life.
Spanning more than a hundred years, Scattered Pearls tells the true stories of Sohila, her mother and her grandmother, and the injustice and abuse meted out by the men in their lives. It is a story of cultural misogyny in both Iran and Australia, and of an ongoing search for a loving, equal relationship.
Along the way the book provides a glimpse into the lives of ‘ordinary’ Iranians and the power of the Persian culture. It’s also a confronting insight into what can go on behind closed doors – even in an ‘advanced’ society.
But at its heart, Scattered Pearls is a story of resilience and personal growth, and of allowing the future to blossom in spite of the damage of the past. It is one of optimism, courage, and love and hope.
This is the story of three women,but it carries with it the stories of an entire culture.
Praise for the Persian edition of Scattered Pearls
‘After I read Scattered Pearls, I believed in myself’ -- Maryam Ahmadi
‘Your book has become a source of inspiration for me’ -- Maryam Yaghmaee
‘Breaks the cultural rules to undress the truth which teaches all women from similar situations to believe in themselves’ -- Mahaz Ali
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This moving memoir follows the lives of three Iranian women, each weighed down at times by poverty, deprivation, misogyny and abuse. The central character is Sohila Zanjani, a young Tehrani woman who’s enveloped by personal tragedy as she grows up under the Shah, begins her IT career during the revolution and Iran-Iraq war, and moves to Australia where she faces further oppression in her marriage and as an immigrant. Yet, Scattered Pearls is ultimately a story of survival and hope. Sohila channels her mother and grandmother’s resilience to build the life she’s always desired for herself and her family. There are many moments of joy, especially around culinary and cultural traditions—the book’s mouth-watering references to Persian dishes had us hunting for recipes.
Couldn't put it down! What a read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has the Persian history, battles with abuse, overcoming hardships and finding a new kind of love despite all the pain from the past. Left me feeling positive and ready to take on my own challenges! Five stars!
Great read, I enjoyed this book from start to finish.