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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Nahid Rachlin

When I was little she read English children’s books to me. This is a thoughtful, extremely concise and well written book, introspective and beautiful. Nov 30, Ashley rated it liked it. This is a thoughtful, extremely concise and well written book, introspective and beautiful.

Khar zahreh plants were scattered throughout. Jahan and I sometimes used it to spend the day there. Minou is a dreamy literary girl Men and women were forbidden to each other nqhid yet romantic songs were always blaring out of radios.

We had someone to take care of the pool, and another man, Ahmad, did odd jobs, fixing things that went out of order, spraying mosquito repellents. Just when everything begins to settle, disaster strikes: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Instead, she discovers life at the complex is foreigndr by jealousies and petty scandals.

The central character is a professional lady who moves from Iran to the United States and then returns home for a visit. Maybe it was his looking rcahlin, his freedom as a boy.

I read it twice because the story haunted me, not unlike the way Iran haunts Feri. We see more clearly the ways in which our own society is not so great when the character’s husband comes to fetch her back to the U.


This is a well written novel that challenges Western perceptions about Iranian culture and the traditional society it spawned. Yet, she soon discovers that she cannot run too far from her past I found the main struggle to be about alienation and disappointment in relationships and work, with the clash of cultures exacerbating the protagonist’s stress.


While it is a pleasant portrayal of modern Iranian culture, the story felt a bit flat to me as there was no empathy towards the protagonist and the details of various side stories are never fully elucidated. I recommend it highly! With a deft hand, she writes of a life so honestly that it is has all the facets of a great novel. She wasn’t a mother a girl could confide in. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

In “Persian Girls, Rachlin chronicles her choices and those made by her sisters, her mother and her aunts, throwing the door to her family’s home wide open.

When Rachlin gets the opportunity to study in America, she is overwhelmed with the thought of freedom. There was a great deal of antagonism in the city among people with opposing views. I had to work every minute after school to pay for things I needed. She appears to be a woman who oscillates between two worlds and initially doesn’t quite fit in either. What I find intruiging is this book was written and takes place right before the overthrow of the Shah and the Islamic revolution.

However, this did not detract from the book at all, rather it gives the novel a quicker pace well suited to the main character’s search and the theme of discovery that is central to the story. But Pahlavi Avenue nahidd wide and full of glittering luxury shops and modern, two-storied houses and apartment buildings. Click to order book. I was distracted by a warm liquid tricking down my thighs. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I was so sorry when the book ended, because I wanted to know more about the adventures of rachlih courageous and vulnerable Feri!


I was actually born in America because Maman had been warned that she would have to have a Cesarean since I was lying sideways in her womb.

Reviews-excerpts – Nahid Rachlin

I loved this beautiful and so very meaningful sentence which I quote: Would this foreigher changed Feri’s decision to return to her homeland? It was foreiyner period, I knew. Finding the old woman living in a small desert town, Feri suddenly feels strangely peaceful. I flew through this short read and overall was not very impressed with the character development.

This is the 2nd novel I’ve read by Nahid Rachlin. Crowd of Sorrows, novella.

Foreigner: A Novel – Nahid Rachlin – Google Books

This is a beautifully written book. My breasts, my hips, which had been gradually becoming fuller, looked even more so in that light, the curves more pronounced. I wanted to hold him and kiss him like the movie stars did in the American movies. Click here to buy book. The red fruit on persimmon trees on the sidewalks were glistening like jewels in sunlight.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The Islamic regime prides itself in having pushed the country back for centuries This is a wonderful book and a pleasure to read.

Feri was, for me, a very likeable character, and I respected her even more as she became more reflective and serious about her own life and values. Jun 25, Cyrusmoqtaderi rated it liked it. And he loved her. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. No one was in except Maman. This is a wonderful book and a pleasure to read.