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A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destiny

"Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal." - Forugh Farrokhzad

All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is told that Iranian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel - gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother's walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. It's during the summer of 1950 that Forugh's passion for poetry really takes flight - and that tradition seeks to clip her wings.

Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh's poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules - at enormous cost. But the power of her writing grows only stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.

Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad's verse, letters, films, and interviews - and including original translations of her poems - Jasmin Darznik has written a haunting novel, using the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran - and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world.

Advance praise for Song of a Captive Bird

"Jasmin Darznik's moving portrait of Forugh Farrokhzad does true justice to the brave voice of a poet, beloved by generations of Iranians, whose work should be better known. Alive and sensuous, Darznik's prose mirrors Forugh's poetry, making no separation between life and work, leaving open and unguarded that door we so often find closed." - Donia Bijan, author of The Last Days of Café Leila

About the Author

Jasmin Darznik

Jasmin Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life. Her debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird, is a fictional account of Iran's trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad and will be released February 13, 2018. Jasmin was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to America when she was five years old. Her work has been published in thirteen countries and recognized by the Steinbeck Fellows Program, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the William Saroyan International Prize. Her stories and essays appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of literature and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in Northern California with her family.
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