Set in feudal Iran, this is the real life story of an American woman-Betty Mahmoody who was married to an Iranian, Sayed Bozorg Mahmoody. This real life saga chronicles the experiences had by Betty and her daughter Mahtob between 1984-86. The book is a detailed account of the enduring struggle faced by her as she was harassed by her husband's tyrannical family.
A native of Michigan, USA, Betty was married to an Iranian and in 1984 the family of three went to Tehran, Iran for what was supposed to be a two week visit. The objective of the visit was supposed to be a short time spent with her husband's family post, which they were to return to America. This was not to be as Betty realized once after reaching there. The book describes the traumatic time faced by her and the daughter at the hands of her husband's family. After reaching Iran, her husband became a different man under the influence of this Iranian family.
Under the influence of Islamic culture, Mahmoody held his wife captive as a mark of the underlying hostility to Americans in general fuelled by his family's hatred towards America and its people. She fell victim to the culture's disrespectful treatment meted out to women and was appalled at the lack of basic women's rights. She was subject to hostile treatment at the hands of everyone and her husband became an abusive man assaulting her often.
Her daughter too was subject to this treatment and both mother and daughter were separated for weeks on end. She was also threatened with death in case she tried to escape from their clutches. Trying to defeat Betty's spirit, the book goes on to describe her relentless struggle towards planning a secret escape with her daughter. The book elaborates her attempt at plotting an escape by evading the spy network set up by her husband and his family.
The book ends with the heroic escape with her daughter by entailing her 800 km journey to Turkey with the help of some Iranians. This real life struggle was brought to life by celluloid in the 1991 Hollywood movie of the same name. The much loved and famous actress, Sally Field, essayed the title role. This controversial movie and book has achieved rave reviews everywhere.
The authoress, Betty Mahmoody (born June 9, 1945, Alma, Michigan) is an American author and public speaker. Currently, she is the President and co-founder of One World: for Children, an organization that promotes understanding between cultures and strives to offer security and protection to children of bi-cultural marriages. Her other notable works include For the Love of a Child. This paperback book is listed with the ISBN number of 9788171674589.