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Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran

by Azadeh Moaveni
£8.99   paperback  The Perseus Books Group (2006)

Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni Azadeh Moaveni was born in Palo Alto, California, into an Iranian diaspora community longing for an Iran thousands of miles - and a revolution - away. As far back as she can remember, she felt uncomfortable with her tangled identity. College magnified the clash between Iran and America, and after graduating, Azadeh moved to Tehran as a journalist.
 
Immediately, her exile fantasies dissolved. Azadeh found a country that was culturally confused, politically deadlocked, and emotionally anguished. In Lipstick Jihad, she paints a rare portrait of Tehran, populated by a cast of young people whose exuberance and despair bring the modern reality of Iran to vivid life. Azadeh also reveals her private struggle to build a life in a dark country, wholly unlike the luminous, saffron-tinted Iran of her imagination. Hers is the story of a young woman of the diaspora, searching for a homeland that may not exist.

"Lipstick Jihad is a s hip as the promise of its title, insightful, smart and often profiundly moving... Moaveni writes stunningly well."
(Chicago Tribune)

ISBN 13: 9781586483784 | ISBN 10: 1586483781