Not Without My Daughter - by Betty Mahmoody, William Hoffer
Title: Not Without My Daughter
Author: Betty Mahmoody
Genre: Non Fiction
I generally prefer non fiction, and it was the Han Suyins and Betty Mahmoodys that generally kept my hours on the porcelain throne worthy of the red marks on the generous folds of my (then) skinny behind, since my parents book shelf is always en route to any emergencies, and a good thick book within easy reach / grab, and so life was good, as long as always remembered to remove the said book(s) from the commodous area and back to its original dwelling.
But alas, this was not of my nature, my maid would at some point of the week take an entire stack of reading material out to sun to rid it of all contaminations.
Not Without My Daughter was one of the more worthy books that deserved my time and attention both in or outside commodous areas, it was lovingly dog eared and yellowed, with lines running crazily all across its paperback cover.
I slept with it beside my pillow, I dreamt abt Betty, finding out she was trapped in Iran, being lied to by her husband and his family, having her passport confiscated by her brother in law; Betty, plotting her escape from her tyrannous Iranian husband and his family; thought about her daughter Mathob and how she grew up, adapting to Iranian culture and learning how to be strong; about Iranian politics, religion and culture; about the courage and determination of one mother to get out of the hellhole alive with her daughter, whatever the cost; and about the people who befriended her and helped her out even risking their own lives for their freedom.
'You are here for the rest of your life. Do you understand? You are not leaving Iran. You are here until you die.'
This story is both gripping and intense, all the more because it's a true story, hollywooded here in 1991. Betty Mahmoody now lives again in Michigan with Mahtob and her two sons from her first marriage.