Author(s): Yasmin Crowther
Growing up in contemporary London, Sara struggles to understand her Iranian mother, Maryam. When tragedy strikes, Sara realises that only by learning more about her mother will she be able to live her own life fully. Maryam's story is one of rootlessness and exile: sent away by her army father - one of the Shah's men - for a sin she did not commit, her life is torn between the past, her homeland and life in England. Return to her childhood home - and the lover she left fifty years before - seems the only answer and her daughter must follow her if they are to find any reconciliation.
The Saffron Kitchen is an exquisite tale of mothers and daughters, exile and homecoming, as well as a window into the exotic world of Iranian life. First published April 2006.