Lexington, Virginia • December 23, 2010
A book reading and launch party for the release of Jasmin Darznik's book "The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life" will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27, the day of the book's publication, at 4:30 p.m. in the Washington and Lee University Elrod Commons, room 345.
Darznik, an assistant professor of English at W&L, will read from the book, and a question and answer period will follow the reading. Refreshments will be served. The launch party and reading are free and open to the public.
Darznik came to the U.S. when she was 3, born in Tehran to an Iranian mother and European father. She grew up knowing very little about her family's history. Shortly after her father's death, while helping her mother move, a photograph of her mother in a wedding veil fell out of a letter. And her mother was with a man she'd never seen. Thus began the slow revelation of Darznik's family's true origins in Iran. In the memoir, Darznik weaves three generations of Iranian women into one story of a family's struggle.
"This book was a deeply personal inquiry--an attempt to know a past my mother had hidden from me--but also a way of writing my way back to Iran," said Darznik. "Having left the country as a young child, Iran had become quite hidden to me. Researching and writing this book lent me an understanding beyond the media representations of the country and also the nostalgic haze of exile."
Darznik has contributed to "The New York Times," "Washington Post," "Los Angeles Times," "San Francisco Chronicle" and other publications. Her op-ed about this memoir appeared in "The New York Times" on May 9, 2010 (Mother's Day).
Darznik received her doctorate in English from Princeton University.