3 2020

Jewish Book Festival Presents Esther Amini

7:00PM - 9:00PM  

$ Cost $ 10.00

The Second Annual Marvin Caplan Jewish Book Festival presents CONCEALED By Esther Amini.

Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America

Esther Amini grow up in Queens, New York during the freewheeling 1960s. She also grew up in a Persian-Jewish household, an American-born daughter of parents who had fled Mashhad, Iran. In Concealed, she tells the story of being caught between these two worlds: the dutiful daughter of tradition-bound parents who hungers for more self-determination than tradition allows. Exploring the roots of her father’s deep silences and explosive temper, her mother’s flamboyance and flights from home, and her own sense of indebtedness to her Iranian-born brothers, Amini uncovers the story of her parent’s early years in Mashhad, Iran’s holiest Muslim city; the little=known history of Mashhad’s underground Jews; the incident that steeled her mother’s resolve to leave; and her parents’ arduous journey to the US, where they faced a new threat to their traditions: the threat of freedom.

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