Together Tea

Together Tea

Book - 2013 | First edition
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"Darya has discovered the perfect gift for her daughter's twenty-fifth birthday: an ideal husband. Mina, however, is fed up with her mother's years of endless matchmaking and the spreadsheets grading available Iranian-American bachelors. Having spent her childhood in Tehran and the rest of her life in New York City, Mina has experienced cultural clashes firsthand, but she's learning that the greatest clashes sometimes happen at home. After a last ill-fated attempt at matchmaking, mother and daughter embark on a return journey to Iran. Immersed once again in Persian culture, the two women gradually begin to understand each other. But when Mina falls for a young man who never appeared on her mother's matchmaking radar, will Mina and Darya's new-found appreciation for each other survive?"--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062236807
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 11, 2020

A novel about the Immigrant experience seen through the eyes of a Daughter and Mother spanning the late 1970's to 90s. As a child Immigrant, I relate on some levels, while at the same thing appreciating that my experience has always been divergent from others, by the simple truth that I witnessed the vicious dictatorial decline of my birth country and knew that if I wanted to Learn, Grow and Thrive, leaving was the only option. And I've never regretted it for a second! Of course, being a child makes the adjustment to new experiences, cultures etc. on the whole much easier. Marjan's Storytelling is fluid and aims to uplift and educate in subtle ways that allow the reader to invest wholeheartedly. It felt like there was an opportunity to take this narrative down a more expansive and cutting edge path, instead of the traditional romanticised one. However, a compassionate and sweet read suitable for these dramatic times.

Feb 19, 2020

I truly, truly loved this book. As the daughter of a European immigrant, I realized I had never truly considered how difficult it is for immigrants to watch their children Americanize upon moving here. It made me profoundly sad for my grandmother, who must have experienced something similar with my father. Marjan Kamali wrote a wonderful book that tackled difficult subjects like immigration, the complex nature of mother daughter relationships and what it means to go “home” in an incredibly eloquent and heartfelt way. I loved every second of this book and fell in love with Mina and Darya.

PoMoLibrary Jun 13, 2015

From Michelle, 2015 Adult Summer Reading Club member
Written in pre-911 world, this novel shows mothers and daughters rise above cultural boundaries and that there is more to Iran than terrorism.


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