Thursday, December 18, 2014
Audiobook Review: "If You Could Be Mine" by Sara Farizan
What a beautiful love story! You can really understand Sahar's feelings and emotions through these words and images, as this is told mostly from her point of view. I was wondering if I was only understanding Nasir from Sahar's point of view, and maybe misunderstanding their relationship but Nasir becomes more clear the deeper you get. The secondary characters add a lot of variety and additional tension - as if the Iranian government weren't enough. Sahar's cousin Ali provides a look at the underground gay culture in Tehran; Sahar's father is still grieving the loss of her mother and shows how deep the loss of true love can hurt; Nasir's parents show the struggles of a marriage not in love; and the transsexual support group shows a government-sanctioned option (and it is shown that gay =/= transsexual, though the government doesn't recognize that important difference).
While I thought that Sahar's "plan" to keep Nasrin was doomed from the start, it was painful to understand just how desperate she was and how determined she was to make this work. It is all just so heartbreaking.... highly recommend this one.
If You Could Be Mine
by Sara Farizan
Narrator: Negin Farsad
Algonquin; Highbridge Audio 2013
247 pages; 5 hours 15 minutes