Foreigner by Nahid Rachlin – book cover, description, publication history. Rachlin, the author of five previous works of fiction, including the much acclaimed Foreigner, begins her story at the age of nine, when she was taken away from. —Anne Tyler, New York Times Book Review “Nahid Rachlin has an intimate insider’s Bruce Allen, Chicago Tribune “Foreigner gently raises new as well as .

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Yet something was missing between us. I wanted to hold him and kiss him like the movie stars did in the American movies. Exuding the melancholy of an outsider, this memoir gives American readers rare insight into Iranians’ ambivalence toward the United States, the desire for American freedom clashing with resentment of American hegemony.

I looked rachin my siblings for solace.


She’d gone to stay with her parents to give birth to me in a hospital in Ohio; she didn’t feel the obstetrics were as good in Iran. As people lined up in front nzhid the cinema that showed American movies, a mosque across the street broadcast a sermon warning people against worldly pleasures such as seeing movies. Please provide an email address.

Yes, they only love each other, I thought, Jahan and I are superfluous to their intimacy In fact maybe less, since he didn’t try to seek out what remained American about her.

In culture shock, she also re-experiences the difference in Eastern and Western ways of thinking. This is a thoughtful, extremely concise and well written book, introspective and beautiful. Read reviews that mention nahid rachlin main character well written way of life characters like feri written book iran foreigner american iranian cultures country mother cultural perhaps present america conflict differences leave.


Every book I’ve read by Nahid Rachlin and as one of her editors, I’ve even read a couple books yet to be published transports me completely. Read more Read less.

Mar 26, Sarah rated it really liked it. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Elaine Oley rated it really liked it Oct 21, It is entertaining, informative and interesting. The writing captures the gasping panic of Anar’s disappearance beautifully. I sat in my room full of vague longings as I read a novel, Manikin. Instead, she discovers life at the complex is dominated by jealousies and petty scandals.

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Click here to buy nshid. One stopped and my father lifted me into the back seat and got in next to me, pinning my legs down with his arm. By the time she knows we’ll be on the airplane. I learned a lot about Iranian culture through reading this novel.

Two tall mirrors, facing each other, hung on the closet doors in my room. In the process she questions her marriage to an American and her work, and struggles with the dilemma of not being able to get an exit visa to return to the US without written permission foreogner her husband.

Foreigner: A Novel – Nahid Rachlin – Google Books

From the courtyard, they can see through the wide back windows to the building’s young families. The commonalities of life, wherever it’s lived, shine through in these tales of family friendship, love, and war However, I foreignfr things about myself which I was a bit surprised at. Rachlin is a wonderful writer whose words easily paint an image for her readers.

I felt an urge to bolt, but Father, as if aware of that urge, took hold of my hand, and grasping it firmly, he led me into the house.


In a way, it’s a story about the flipside of love: I watched him shaving in front of the bathroom mirror. Reviews-Excerpts Excerpts from Reviews of published work: I had a hard time empathizing with any of the characters and wasn’t very invested in the fate of any of them.

I saw multiple images of myself, not quite fitting together. Khar zahreh plants were scattered throughout. Share your thoughts with other customers. The central character is a professional lady who moves from Iran to the United States and then returns home for a visit. I liked the book very much. She nodded vaguely and walked over to where we were standing.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The voice is cool and pure. Paperbackpages. Jan 05, Jane rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was always like she was wearing an impenetrable mask, hiding her true self behind it.

My grandfather was born in America. In the early days of her visit she nahjd convinced she has erred in coming and even decides to cut her visit quite short to return home. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

One person found this helpful. There is a split somewhere in my existence that is hard to mend. Want to Read saving….