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You're an American reporter in Tehran in 2005 covering the rise of Ahmadinejad when the unexpected happens--you meet your soul-mate, fall in love, and become pregnant. So begins the incredible story of Time magazine correspondent Azadeh Moaveni as she faces the future she didn't quite plan: hiding her pregnancy from the religious authorities until she can marry; navigating Byzantine wedding customs; giving birth in a country that often doesn't allow men in the delivery room; and finding herself with a newborn in a country very far from home.
Throughout this, Moaveni continues to publish increasingly sensitive reports on Iran in Time magazine, earning the wrath of the government. Shortly after giving birth a government source -- her minder known mysteriously as Mr. X -- tells her she is the subject of an investigation and will soon be arrested and sent to the notorious Evin prison. It becomes evident she is being spied on: cars tracing her, her phone tapped, her email monitored.
Fearing for her safety -- and that of her young family -- Moaveni flees Iran in 2007, leaving the country she had hoped to help through her journalism. This is a powerful, poignant, often funny, and ultimately harrowing story about a young woman facing her future in a very dangerous place.
“A rare, rich glimpse inside a closed society.” -Kirkus Reviews
“A story of coming-of-age in two cultures written with a keen eye and a measured tone.” -Publishers Weekly
“Sharp and written with ferociously brilliant reporting, Honeymoon in Tehran, Azadeh Moaveni’s nuanced perspective on her ancestors’ homeland, is without peer.” -Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan
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