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Refuge (2017)
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Published: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
Description:  322 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9781594487057, 1594487057,
Language:  English


An Iranian girl escapes to America as a child, but her father stays behind. Over twenty years, as she transforms from confused immigrant to overachieving Westerner to sophisticated European transplant, daughter and father know each other only from their visits: four crucial visits over two decades, each in a different international city. The longer they are apart, the more their lives diverge, but also the more each comes to need the other's wisdom and, ultimately, rescue. Meanwhile, refugees of all nationalities are flowing into Europe under troubling conditions. Wanting to help, but also looking for a lost sense of home, our grown-up transplant finds herself quickly entranced by a world that is at once everything she has missed and nothing that she has ever known. Will her immersion in the lives of these new refugees allow her the grace to save her father? Refuge charts the deeply moving lifetime relationship between a father and a daughter, seen through the prism of global immigration. Beautifully written, full of insight, charm, and humor, the novel subtly exposes the parts of ourselves that get left behind in the wake of diaspora and ultimately asks: Must home always be a physical place, or can we find it in another person?

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Refuge

Dina Nayeri’s novel, Refuge, focuses on a father-daughter relationship after part of the family flees Iran in the 1980’s.

Dr. Bahman Hamidi’s wife and children leave Iran for the United States, while he chooses to remain, tied to his life, love of home, and an opium addiction. As Bahman’s daughter, Niloofar (Niloo), transforms into an overachieving Westerner, and eventually a European transplant in Amsterdam, the story follows her relationship with her father, as they interact during sporadic visits. Nayeri explores their intimate family relationship during these visits, as well as the cultural differences and changes that occur over the decades, to the members of the family, and in Iran and the world, through the lens of Bahman, as an Iranian citizen, and Niloo, as an Iranian refugee.

I found this book insightful, thoughtful and threaded with relatable humor, as Nayeri captures the complicated roles that time and place play in the idea of “home,” while maintaining characters and storylines that are candid and realistic. Nayeri skillfully writes about the conflicts facing refugees of all nationalities in Europe, as well as the interconnected role of family relationships and the refugee identity. This is a well-written, poignant book for those who enjoy literary fiction and who want to learn more about contemporary Iranian experiences.
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