The beautifully written travel memoir of a Western woman's journey in Iran
In the tradition ofNothing to Declare,Honeymoon in Purdah is a book of sketches gathered over the course of one woman's journey in Iran. Through her, we meet the ordinary and extraordinary people of Iran--men and women whose lives extend beyond Western news stories of of kidnappings, terrorism, and Islamic fundamentalism. Peppered with accounts of Iran's Islamic Revolution and political analyses of the country,Honeymoon in Purdahis a departure from our conventional perception of Iran. Alison Wearing give Iranians the chance to wander beyond headlines and stereotypes and in so doing, reveals the poetry of their lives.
Alison Wearing is a journalist and travel writer. She lives in Canada, where she has received the National Magazine Award, the Western Canada Magazine Award, and been a finalist for the Journey Prize.
"Wise, compassionate, amused, and amusing, Alison Wearing is the ideal traveling companion."--Paul William Roberts, author ofThe Demonic Comedy: Some Detours in the Baghdad of Saddam Hussein
"Written with great humor, candor, and tenderness,Honeymoon in Purdahtransformed Iran from a country I formerly associated with fear and black cloth and oppression to a place of a thousand colors and tastes and kindnesses."
--Jamie Zeppa, author ofBeyond the Sky and Earth: A Journey Into Bhutan
"A vivid and endearing picture of Iran's people."--Independent on Sunday
"With this engrossing account, Wearing casts a sympathetic eye on the real people of Iran, so often invisible to the West."--Publishers Weekly
"A vivid sketch of a lively, wonderfully hospitable, but utterly lost society under the hell of religious tyranny."--Kirkus Reviews