The life history of Pardees, the main character of this story, is a prototype of the lives and struggles of those Iranians who had immigrated to the U.S. after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The dire living conditions during Pardees’s childhood in the post-WW ll Iran were the same for most Iranians of her generation who immigrated to America. Those conditions created a generation with its own cultural characteristics, which had to go through cultural assimilation in the U.S. In fact, this metamorphosis was more complicated for those who had brought along their children and/or elderly parents.
The second generation of these immigrants became so Americanized that it began to threaten the cultural values of their Iranian parents
This true-life novel is about the lives, immigration and cultural assimilation of the Iranians in the U.S.A.
-Shahin Dardashti, Ph. D.