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The memoirs of an Iranian Jewish woman 
Available on The University of Chicago Press and Amazon!
Leaving Iran by Farideh Goldin
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My Story

Farideh was born in 1953 in Shiraz, Iran, to a family of dayanim, judges and leaders of the Jewish community. Farideh's family moved out of the mahaleh, the Jewish quarter, to a Moslem neighborhood when she was eight years old. There, she experienced both friendship and anti-Semitism. Later, attending an American-style university in Iran, she was torn between her loyalty to her family, who obeyed strict social, cultural and religious mores, and her western education that promoted individualism and self-reliance. Farideh is the author of two memoirs, Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman (Brandeis UP, 2003), and Leaving Iran: Between Exile and Migration (AU Press, November 2015).

My Books
My Books

Wedding Song

Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman

Leaving Iran

Between Migration and Exile


Leaving Iran, both physically and psychically, is a gripping work. Supplementing Wedding Song, there is additional catharsis.

Hal Sacks, Jewish News

  I have been haunted by Farideh Goldin's Wedding Song since the day I read it. Goldin's writing is sometimes spicy and sometimes sad, but always compelling. Her memoir is full of anger and compassion and insight. A stunning and powerful debut. 

#Sheri Reynolds, author of The Rapture of Cannon

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