Aug 20, 2015

Book Beginning: The Girl from the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan

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The Girl From the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan, published August 18, 2015 by Ecco.
Genre: literary fiction, historical fiction
Book beginning, Chapter One:
In the outskirts of Los Angeles, in the sprawl of suburban homes that sit in the lap of dry, gold hills, there is a garden. In the warmth of last summer evenings, the perfumes of honeysuckles and jasmines in this garden are maddening. Earthen pots of cosmos and geraniums surround the yard. Near the back wall grows a pomegranate tree. A fig tree fruits in the late summer, the grape arbor hides her clusters in among the leaves, the boughs of the apple tree nearly touch the soil in autumn, and the orange tree, soaking beneath the Southern California sun, provides year-round. Mint vines creep to cover the grounds, and nasturtiums explode in blossom. This garden belongs to an elderly woman. Her name is Mahboubeh Malacouti. Her first name means "the most beloved." Her last name means "of the heavenly."
Book description:
"A debut novel in which a crisis of inheritance leads to the downfall of a wealthy family of Persian Jews in early twentieth-century Iran.

Asher Malacouti—the head of a prosperous Jewish family in the Iranian town of Kermanshah—cannot have the one thing he desires above all: a son. His young wife, Rakhel, is made desperate by her failure to conceive, and grows jealous and vindictive....
Asher makes a fateful choice that will drive Rakhel to dark extremes to preserve her status within the family.

Witnessed through the memories of the family's sole surviving daughter, Mahboubeh, now an elderly woman living in Los Angeles, The Girl from the Garden unfolds the tragic history of the Malacouti family in a long-lost Iran of generations past. Inspired by the author's own family, it is an exploration of sacrifice, betrayal, and the legacy of the families that forge us." (goodreads)

Page 56: 
Mahboubeh had no one to run to, no one to protect her from Rakhel's anger and spite.
I find it intriguing that the story is based on the author's memories of her own family and am looking forward to reading this.


  1. This one does sound intriguing, but also very sad. The description of the garden definitely draws me in.

  2. What a beautiful introduction. I can see the garden through the vivid description.

  3. Lovely description in the opening. The writing has a lyrical, poetic feel to it, and it drew me in. After reading the synopsis, I'm curious about Rakhel's "dark extremes."
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  4. This sounds fascinating. Great opening. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thank you for the intro to this book, Harvee. :)

  6. This sounds really good. I really should be reading more books set in non - Western cultures.

    I also really like the writing in the passage that you quoted.

  7. That description of the garden was absolutely beautiful! I love it when authors manage to actually capture the feeling of standing in a garden in full bloom! Spreading a book across generations is always interesting and personally I am very intrigued! Looks like you convinced me to add another book to my TBR pile! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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  8. This one sounds sad and heavy. Most of the time, I am looking for fun and uplifting, but I appreciate you sharing something I normally wouldn't learn about.

    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  9. Sounds interesting. I chose a historical mystery this week. My Friday memes this week come from What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris which has been on my TBR mountain for years. Happy reading!

  10. I enjoyed reading about the apple trees and everything in the garden. I would like to read this one.

  11. I'm curious to know more about Mahboubeh.
    I added you to the Linky. Happy Weekend!

  12. Sounds like it would be sad and I try to avoid sad book. Happy Friday!

  13. This sounds beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. I hope you enjoy it!

  14. Sounds very good, beautiful intro.


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