A memoir of Nafisi’s Tehran. The Tehran she grew up with and the Tehran she experienced after the revolution to 1997 when she left for the United States. She highlights the struggles of being a woman in such a society by bringing the readers into the world of a group of women she gathered in her home. Their discussions of Lolita, Gatsby, and Pride & Prejudice illuminate their plight.
A celebration of the joy fiction can bring and the freedom’s we take for granted. Detailed critical analysis of the literature discussed-Lolita especially, can make it a slower read. 2003, 347 pages.