by Marjane Satrapi
If this book
had been available when
Elvis Costello penned "I Just Want to Hear Girls Talk," he might not
have bothered -- he would have just picked this book up instead and
been satisfied. Because that's what this book is: cover to
cover girl talk (well, to be honest, women talk, but that would spoil
our tenuous analogy). This book lets you "behind the veil"
and what you'll find is surprisingly universal in its applicability.
Here's what the
publisher, Pantheon Books, has to say:
the best-selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously
entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women.
Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough-talking
stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and
neighbors for an afternoon of tea drinking and talking. Naturally, the
subject turns to love, sex and the vagaries of men.
As the afternoon progresses, these
vibrant women share their secrets, their regrets and their often
outrageous stories about, among other things, how to fake one’s
virginity, how to escape an arranged marriage, how to enjoy the
miracles of plastic surgery and how to delight in being a mistress. By
turns revealing and hilarious, these are stories about the lengths to
which some women will go to find a man, keep a man or, most
importantly, keep up appearances.
Full of surprises, this introduction
to the private lives of some fascinating women, whose life stories and
lovers and will strike us as at once deeply familiar and profoundly
different from our own, is sure to bring smiles of recognition to the
faces of women everywhere–and to teach us all a thing or two.
Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in
Rasht, Iran, and currently lives in Paris. She has written several
children’s books and her commentary and comics appear in newspapers and
magazines around the world, including The New York Times and The
Yorker. She is also the author of the internationally best-selling
award-winning comic book autobiography in two parts, Persepolis and
retail price - $16.95
retail price - $12.95
current as of 19 April 2006